John Sibley Williams’ The Drowning House, Reviewed by Vivian Wagner

John Sibley Williams The Drowning House Elixir Press Reviewer: Vivian Wagner John Sibley Williams’ new collection of poetry, The Drowning House, is a book about personal, cultural, and generational trauma. It explores American violence, racism, and colonialism, telling multiple stories from a variety of perspectives about the intersecting traumas inflicted by this country’s people, as […]

Christopher Bursk’s With Aeneas in a Time of Plague, Reviewed by Vivian Wagner

Christopher Bursk With Aeneas in a Time of Plague Ragged Sky Press Reviewer: Vivian Wagner With Aeneas in a Time of Plague, Christopher Bursk’s last collection, is a book about loss and death, hope and renewal. It is, in many ways, a pandemic book, published in the midst of Covid and always on some level […]

Bill Yake’s Waymaking by Moonlight: New and Selected Poems
, Reviewed by Vivian Wagner

Bill Yake Waymaking by Moonlight: New and Selected Poems Empty Bowl Reviewer: Vivian Wagner Bill Yake’s Waymaking by Moonlight is a collection of poems exploring the interrelatedness of people, culture, and wilderness. Ultimately, the poems describe a continuum between humans and the natural world, suggesting that they cannot be extricated from each other. Divided into […]

Julie E. Bloemeke’s Slide to Unlock, Reviewed by Vivian Wagner

Julie E. Bloemeke Slide to Unlock Sibling Rivalry Press Reviewer: Vivian Wagner Julie E. Bloemeke’s Slide to Unlock is a collection focused on the powers of technology to connect people and to create distance between them. From phones to cameras to writing itself, the technologies referenced in these poems promise an elusive union, even as […]

Malaika King Albrecht’s The Stumble Fields, Reviewed by Vivian Wagner

Malaika King Albrecht The Stumble Fields Main Street Rag Publishing Company Reviewer: Vivian Wagner The Stumble Fields, a new collection of poetry by Malaika King Albrecht, is about life and death and everything in between. These poems explore how we inhabit the earth and how we can find our way to grace and beauty, even […]