Matt Donovan’s The Dug-Up Gun Museum, Reviewed by David E. Poston

Matt Donovan The Dug-Up Gun Museum BOA Editions Reviewer: David E. Poston In The Dug-Up Gun Museum, Matt Donovan leads us on a brilliantly conceived, meticulously researched journey into the heart of America’s gun culture, a journey described with flawless technical skill. From the first poem, we are whisked through one superbly paced narrative after […]

Carolyn Oliver’s Inside the Storm I Want to Touch the Tremble, Reviewed by Vivian Wagner

Carolyn Oliver Inside the Storm I Want to Touch the Tremble The University of Utah Press Reviewer: Vivian Wagner The title of Carolyn Oliver’s Inside the Storm I Want to Touch the Tremble is a kind of riddle that gives a road map for the collection itself. This is a collection about traumatic storms, and […]

Amy Small McKinney’s One Day I Am a Field, Reviewed by Erica Goss

Amy Small-McKinney One Day I Am a Field Glass Lyre Press Reviewer: Erica Goss “Instantly, soundlessly, a meadow called bereft.” — “One Day I Am a Field” In her most recent poetry collection, Amy Small-McKinney delivers a devastating account of caregiving’s emotional and physical tolls. By turns fierce, exhausted, passionate, and wise, the speaker in […]

Dennis Hinrichsen – [domain] [With Cold Water Running through It]

[domain] [With Cold Water Running through It] According to scientists with NASA, who have used satellite radar data to analyze the problem, the ground has dropped nearly 30 feet in large areas of the Valley since the 1920s as the substrate below, sucked dry of water, contracted like a dry sponge. “San Joaquin Valley farmland […]

Lynn Pattison – My Son’s Raft

My Son’s Raft Afloat        it waddles through shallows      steadies enough to turn              and belly its way into the lake          on knees you struggle for balance pole forward        I couldn’t see how it would hold          as I watched you              nail crosspieces         a platform            begging scrap wood                                                      from neighbors              hauling fallen limbs you worked through the weekend […]