Mike James’s Leftover Distances, Reviewed by David E. Poston

Mike James Leftover Distances Luchador Press Reviewer: David E. Poston In “Almost Autumn and Time to Go,” from his new collection Leftover Distances, Mike James writes, Everything goes back to travel. Get to heaven or just over there. Some of us stay ready. We live by love or fear. Maybe adventures are one street over. […]

Keith Flynn’s The Skin of Meaning, Reviewed by David E. Poston

Keith Flynn The Skin of Meaning Red Hen Press Reviewed by David E. Poston Keith Flynn might be the love child of William Blake and Etta James. In his latest collection, The Skin of Meaning, he moves easily from whisper to croon to full-throated growl. As in his five earlier collections, he shows his skillful […]

Paul Sohar’s In Sun’s Shadow, Reviewed by David E. Poston

Paul Sohar In Sun’s Shadow Ragged Sky Press Reviewed by David E. Poston Paul Sohar’s long experience as a translator of Hungarian poets such as Miklós Radnóti, Zoltán Böszörményi, and György Faludy has informed his own poetry in fascinating ways. In his new collection, In Sun’s Shadow, we see a clear preference for concrete language […]

Jared Smith’s That’s How It Is, Reviewed by David E. Poston

Jared Smith That’s How It Is Stubborn Mule Press Reviewer: David E. Poston Jared Smith’s new collection, That’s How It Is, is prefaced by a passage from Rilke’s novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge which describes how poetry is not simply expressed feelings, but the product of experience internalized over time. Smith’s career now […]

George Wallace’s One Hundred Years Among the Daisies, Reviewed by David E. Poston

George Wallace One Hundred Years Among the Daisies Stubborn Mule Press Reviewer: David E. Poston One Hundred Years Among the Daisies is a 138-page incantation. I read much of it aloud, pulled along by its “voluptuous doxologies,” by the sheer hypnotism of the phrases and endless sweep of the lines. Alternately consoling and challenging, lyrical […]