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 […]

Karen Paul Holmes’ No Such Thing as Distance, Reviewed by David E. Poston

Karen Paul Holmes No Such Thing as Distance Terrapin Books Reviewer: David E. Poston Reading No Such Thing as Distance, the new collection from Karen Paul Holmes, I was reminded of hearing poet Cecily Parks talk about how poems need to be generous. No Such Thing as Distance offers readers a rich family history, including […]

George Drew’s Fancy’s Orphan, Reviewed by David E. Poston

George Drew Fancy’s Orphan Tiger Bark Press Reviewer: David E. Poston George Drew’s Fancy’s Orphan is a fascinating mix of voices presented in fluid and supple lines. These poems are Frost-haunted, with echoes of Keats, Wordsworth, Yeats, and Rilke. Their penetrating descriptions present what Hopkins called the inscape of both the natural world and of […]