Lee Rossi’s Darwin’s Garden: Studies from Life, Reviewed by Ann Wehrman

Lee Rossi Darwin’s Garden: Studies from Life Moon Tide Press Reviewer: Ann Wehrman In Darwin’s Garden, the formidable poet Lee Rossi reflects upon life in 21st century America, as well as his own past decades growing up, through the lens of “a middle-class Catholic boy from the suburbs of St Louis…[t]wo generations away from Italy, […]

Collin Kelley’s Midnight in a Perfect World, Reviewed by Ann Wehrman

Collin Kelley Midnight in a Perfect World Sibling Rivalry Press Reviewer: Ann Wehrman Collin Kelley’s Midnight in a Perfect World takes the reader across a turbulent sea of passions, betrayal, and transcendence, using free verse and bold imagery. The narrative and lyrical poems convey suffering incurred through diverse experiences, expressing a wide gamut of psychological […]

Daryl Sznyter’s Synonyms for (OTHER) Bodies, Reviewed by Ann Wehrman

Daryl Sznyter Synonyms for (OTHER) Bodies NYQ Books Reviewer: Ann Wehrman Peppering her poems with ampersands and i in the lower case, sans capitalization at sentences’ starts, Daryl Sznyter shoulders her way into the reader’s mind like a tough girl in a leather jacket: lipstick deep red, purple, or black; nails chipped; attitude a screwdriver […]

Charles Ades Fishman’s In the Wake of the Glacier: New Selected Poems, Reviewed by Ann Wehrman

Charles Adès Fishman In the Wake of the Glacier: New Selected Poems Kasva Press Reviewer: Ann Wehrman In the Wake of the Glacier: New Selected Poems, a rich compilation of Fishman’s poetry since 1968, showcases the author’s exquisite personal voice and enviable mastery of craft. With precise eye and profound conscience, Fishman pays tribute to […]

Amy Small-McKinney’s Walking Toward Cranes, Reviewed by Ann Wehrman

Amy Small-McKinney Walking Toward Cranes Glass Lyre Press Reviewer: Ann Wehrman Cancer. The word strikes fear, anger, and grief into one’s mind and heart. Despite 21st century medical wizardry—including stem cell therapies, bionic body parts, and quick and easy outpatient surgeries—cancer remains a dreaded killer. “According to estimates from the International Agency for Research on […]