Shannon Connor Winward – Boys and Trains

Boys and Trains That week, driving past the playground     with its view of the creek, I thought of bodies                  but the water there is always full of things it shouldn’t be                               the trees are tricksters, light and shadow                                           they’ve taken the form of dead boys                                                         before. My son was in the backseat.                                                                       I was eager […]

Katherine Soniat’s Bright Stranger,
Reviewed by Lynn Levin

Katherine Soniat Bright Stranger Louisiana State University Press ISBN: 978-0-8071-6241-5 Reviewer: Lynn Levin   Bright Stranger, Katherine Soniat’s new collection of dreamy, explorative, elegant poems, takes us on many trails—on a hike through the Grand Canyon, along Orpheus’s descent into Hades, through geological time, mythic time, and fragments of the speaker’s life. Many of the […]

Jordan Rice’s Constellarium,
Reviewed by Cindy Hochman

Jordan Rice Constellarium Orison Books, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-0-9906917-7-8 Reviewer: Cindy Hochman   Someone tells a joke. “Where do they put a missing tranny’s photo? On cartons of half and half.” —Jordan Rice, “The Living Is Easy” The heartrending and harrowing poems in Jordan Rice’s Constellarium underscore the difference between poetry and politics, despite the fact […]

Afric McGlinchey’s Ghost of the Fisher Cat,
Reviewed by Maria Rouphail

Afric McGlinchey Ghost of the Fisher Cat Salmon Poetry ISBN: 978-1-910669-39-6 Reviewer: Maria Rouphail   What do violin strings, the mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, and poisoned quinces have in common? They are conceits in Irish poet, Afric McGlinchey’s second collection, Ghost of the Fisher Cat. Prompted by a Parisian legend of a ghost […]

Ted Jonathan’s Run,
Reviewed by Ace Boggess

Ted Jonathan Run New York Quarterly Books ISBN: 978-1-63045-023-6 Reviewer: Ace Boggess   If Ted Jonathan’s poetry collection, Run, were a novel, it would be described as a coming-of-age story—49 poems that escort the reader on a journey through childhood struggles, a teenager’s coping, and the finding-oneself of early adulthood. Jonathan reflects on a schoolboy […]