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 […]

Erica Goss’s Night Court, Reviewed by David E. Poston

Erica Goss Night Court Glass Lyre Press Reviewer: David E. Poston Erica Goss’s Lyrebird Prize-winning new collection, Night Court, begins by pulling readers into a world of eerie sounds in the dark of night. It positions us on the edge of what the book’s final poem calls the “floating world” between real and surreal. When […]

Eleanor Goodman’s Nine Dragon Island, Reviewed by David E. Poston

Eleanor Goodman Nine Dragon Island Zephyr Press Reviewer: David E. Poston Of her award-winning translation of the poetry of Wang Xiaoni, Eleanor Goodman has written that Wang Xiaoni’s work is marked by “keen detail and the use of ordinary objects—potatoes, trains, mountains, sunlight, dust rags—to create emotional resonance. She leans toward simple but penetrating language, […]

Richard Schiffman’s What the Dust Doesn’t Know, Reviewed by David E. Poston

Richard Schiffman What the Dust Doesn’t Know Salmon Poetry/Dufour Editions Reviewer: David E. Poston Richard Schiffman’s first full-length poetry collection, What the Dust Doesn’t Know, is dedicated to Mother Anasuya Devi of Jillellamudi and to “this sane and sacred Earth which sustains us all.” Author of biographies of the Jillellamudi Mother and Sri Ramakrishna, Schiffman […]

Alison Stone’s Ordinary Magic, Reviewed by David E. Poston

Alison Stone Ordinary Magic NYQ Books Reviewer: David E. Poston Antoine Court de Gebelin claimed the tarot was all that survived of the Egyptian Book of Thoth, though it more likely began as a curiously illustrated deck invented for the medieval Italian game of tarocchi. The dozens of different sets of tarot illustrations occupy a […]