Michael Kriesel’s Zen Amen, Reviewed by Erica Goss

Michael Kriesel Zen Amen Pebblebrook Press Reviewer: Erica Goss Told in a book-length series of abecedarians, Michael Kriesel’s Zen Amen is a dizzying romp through one man’s investigation of the occult. The abecedarian, a 26-line poetic form that begins with the first (or last) letter of the alphabet and is followed by the next (or […]

Lynne Thompson’s Fretwork, Reviewed by Erica Goss

Lynne Thompson Fretwork Marsh Hawk Press Reviewer: Erica Goss What makes a family – biology, desire, accident or choice? In Lynne Thompson’s Fretwork, family is all of these and more. An adoptee, the author examines adoption’s fraught emotional territory with an unsentimental eye, taking the reader through the web of abandonment, coincidence, and mystery surrounding […]

Jodie Hollander’s My Dark Horses, Reviewed by Erica Goss

Jodie Hollander My Dark Horses Liverpool University Press Reviewer: Erica Goss A torrent of shocking and revelatory poetry simmers between the covers of My Dark Horses, pulling the reader in with the very first poem, “Splitting and Fucking”: “My mother, / poor woman / somehow she was / always the victim / of splitting and […]

Joan Colby’s Her Heartsongs, Reviewed by Erica Goss

Joan Colby Her Heartsongs Presa Press Reviewer: Erica Goss The wild and the domestic live side-by-side in Joan Colby’s new collection, Her Heartsongs. The tension between the two realms gives these poems their energy and edge. These are stories of love and peril precariously balanced in a world where persistence wins over passivity. The first […]

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 […]