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Multiverses by Celia Lisset Alvarez

Review by Christine Stewart-Nuñez I usually don’t start a review of someone else’s poetry—especially such haunting work as Celia Lisset Alvarez’s—with a reference to my own experience, but I’m no stranger to writing about death, and Multiverses takes up…

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Loosen by Kyle Potvin

Review by Mindy Kronenberg Poetry about illness and the journey toward recovery can be the most challenging to write. It is a daunting task to expose the intimate and raw moments of discovery and fear that accompany diagnosis and…

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Full and Plum-Colored Velvet by Anne Graue

Review by Jamie Wendt Anne Graue’s first full-length collection of poetry, Full and Plum-Colored Velvet, expresses the beauty and loss rooted in Kansas. This collection was fittingly published by Woodley Press, a small publishing company dedicated to showcasing Kansas artists…

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Hallelujah Science by Kelli Stevens Kane

Review by Laura Dennis We usually hear “Hallelujah” as a joyful chorus, a sort of incantation expressing gratitude to the divine. In Hallelujah Science, however, poet, performer, and Cave Canem fellow Kelli Stevens Kane incorporates it into a new…

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These Few Seeds by Meghan Sterling

Review by Christine Stewart-Nuñez I tumbled through Meghan Sterling’s debut full-length poetry collection, These Few Seeds, the poems loose gems in my hands. The facets of each are similar—domestic inspiration and intimate meditation made transcendent across branching sentences—and yet…

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The Hive by Melissa Scholes Young

Review by DeMisty D. Bellinger The Hive puts a finger on what American media has been chasing since the Tea Party formed and through Donald Trump’s term as president: small-town Midwest Americans’ motivations. In her second novel, Melissa Scholes Young…

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West : Fire : Archive by Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Review by Sherre Vernon Iris Jamahl Dunkle was the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, California and is the poetry director of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Her poetry collections include Interrupted Geographies, Gold Passage, There’s a Ghost in…

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Lock Her Up by Tina Parker

Review by Barbara Ellen Sorensen In her haunting book, Lock Her Up, Tina Parker switches effortlessly between writing persona poems, concrete poems, and epistolary verses, as well as transforming medical forms based on real-life response into poetic renderings. My…

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