Barbara Hamby’s Holoholo, Reviewed by Lee Rossi

Barbara Hamby Holoholo University of Pittsburgh Press Reviewer: Lee Rossi How to describe a book as filled with delights as Barbara Hamby’s Holoholo. Ostensibly a book of odes, these are not just poems of praise; she urges her readers to construe the term “ode” in the widest possible sense: as a “poetic stance, a poetic […]

Hayden Saunier’s A Cartography of Home, Reviewed by Lee Rossi

Hayden Saunier A Cartography of Home Terrapin Books Reviewer: Lee Rossi Hayden Saunier is one of those poet farmers who are distinctive in our culture for their scarcity. We remember Frost. We may know Donald Hall and Wendell Berry. We may even recall Horace, with an estate gifted by his patron Maecenas and worked by […]

Al Maginnes’s Sleeping through the Graveyard Shift, Reviewed by Lee Rossi

Al Maginnes Sleeping through the Graveyard Shift Redhawk Publications Reviewer: Lee Rossi Even after seven books and numerous chapbooks, Al Maginnes shows no signs of tiring. Sleeping Through the Graveyard Shift, Maginnes’s new book, has an easier, more relaxed feel than his earlier work, yet it is filled with passion and compassion. The subjects are […]

klipschutz’s Premeditations, Reviewed by Lee Rossi

klipschutz Premeditations Hoot ‘n’ Waddle Reviewer: Lee Rossi A literary history for our time, klipschutz’s Premeditations provides one man’s overview of American poetry—the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly—from Whitman and Dickinson to the near present. According to the foreword, klipschutz’s love affair with literature began as a young teenager stoned and languishing in Indio, […]

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, […]