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Night with Drive-By Shooting Stars, by Jim Daniels

Night with Drive-By Shooting Stars is the beautiful collection in which author Jim Daniels contemplates the passage of time, reflecting on his growth from a youth restless in a small Midwestern town to a loving father and husband trying to absorb and draw out each fleeting moment with his family.  Daniels handles his subjects – […]

The Colossus

     Although Sylvia Plath did not gain much recognition in her own time, her poetry is certainly worth a read.  The Colossus was her first published book of poetry and has a lot to offer to today’s poets.  Plath sometimes merges classic mythology with present-day issues and language.  The poem “Two Sisters of Persephone” uses […]

Frederick Seidel- Ooga Booga

I stumbled into the mansion one afternoon determined to find three volumes of poetry that I at least liked. Once I got into the lending library, however, I realized that I had no idea where to start. Enlisting the help of Professor Rafferty to find poetry for non-poets, we came up with a small stack. […]

Declension in the Village of Chung Luong by Bruce Weigl

     In Declension in the Village of Chung Luong, Bruce Weigl writes poems about everything that should not be written about in poetry, according to how-to guides for high school creative writing classes.  But he pulls it off magnificently.  He writes about war, its aftermath and death blatantly, but while elevating it to a poetic […]

Bucolics

This collection, Maurice Manning’s third, consists of all untitled and unpunctuated poems, all addressing the same person or thing, “boss.” As the poems progress it becomes clear that “boss” means a creator of sorts, and the speaker addresses “boss” through questions and praise for their work on Earth. With out any periods or commas, each […]

Poem a Day: Karen McCosker; Nicholas Albery

Poem a Day is a collection of poems put together by Karen McCosker and Nicholas Albery.  I highly recommend it for any aspiring poet as a way to bring poetry into every day.  The collection is diverse, giving the reader examples of many types of poems, and consequently many new ideas on what can be […]

Temper by Beth Bachmann

Temper by Beth Bachmann is a poetic page-turner, grabbing the reader at the first verse and refusing to let them go.  It tracks the time and feelings the speaker has after the death of her sister.  It flows in a storytelling manner, an especially good read for people who don’t normally read just collections of […]

Woods and Chalices, by Tomaž Šalamun

Woods and Chalices is the translated collection of poems by Slovenian poet Tomaž Šalamun.  I picked up a used copy at Riverby Books, having been intrigued by the blunt brevity of the poems inside.  Šalamun constructs verse with a disarming directness as he blends past and present, fantasy and nature, obscenity and sensuality, as well […]

Magnetic North, by Linda Gregerson

Magnetic North, the collection from award-winning poet Linda Gregerson, offers reflections on a variety of subjects, from religion to nature to cultural events.  Gregerson uses scientific language and unexpected images to talk about larger themes like 9/11 and adolescent self-injury.  In “Bicameral,” for example, she uses the terminology of embryology to examine the divide between […]

You Get So Alone Sometimes That it Just Makes Sense

       Before reading this collection I was unfamiliar with Charles Bukowski’s work. Really the only reason I picked it up was because I liked the title, and skimming through it I liked what I saw. After finishing the collection, I have a love-hate relationship with it. The poems in the collection generally operate through […]