Vivian Faith Prescott’s Old Woman with Berries in Her Lap, Reviewed by Vivian Wagner

Vivian Faith Prescott Old Woman with Berries in Her Lap University of Alaska Press Reviewer: Vivian Wagner Vivian Faith Prescott’s Old Woman with Berries in Her Lap is a collection of poems about colonialism, survival, and the reclaiming of lost cultural identity. These poems explore the Sámi diaspora and one descendant’s desire to discover, re-narrate, […]

Leonard Gontarek’s The Long Way Home, Reviewed by Vivian Wagner

Leonard Gontarek The Long Way Home BlazeVOX [books] Reviewer: Vivian Wagner   Leonard Gontarek’s The Long Way Home is, in fact, a long poetry collection—over 400 pages!—with a sweeping, sublime style to match its length. Perhaps that length is necessary to do what the collection seems to want and need to do: make sense of […]

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 […]