April Reviews: Cole Swensen; Hadara Bar-Nadav

Each page of Cole Swensen’s collection of essays Noise That Stays Noise (University of Michigan Press, 2011) offers insights that can productively reorient and refresh one’s relationship to literature; it’s a book that one reads, in large part, by looking…

April Reviews: Kevin Goodan

In Kristen Evans’ KROnline review of Winter Tenor, Kevin Goodan’s second collection of poems, she noted Goodan’s ability to “create an intimate narrative from what could be, in different hands, emotionally distant observations.” That collection’s mostly depopulated landscapes, presented through…

April Reviews: Jena Osman; Yevgeniy Fiks

From time to time my Facebook feed starts chasing its tail over an inflammatory literary diagnosis: is contemporary fiction terrible? are MFA programs ruining poetry? In expansive moods, I can appreciate all opinions for the same reason that I can…

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Book reviews do more than alert readers to new books: they contribute to the life of those books, much as the reception after a poetry reading contributes to the life of the reading. The reviews featured in each edition of…

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