Capsule reviews

Translating grief

Quinn Gruber

J2 summer intern Quinn Gruber writes on three translated titles that parse loss: Autobiography of Death by Kim Hyesoon, Time by Etel Adnan, and To the Ashes by Anzhelina Polonskaya.

J2 summer intern Quinn Gruber writes on three translated titles that parse loss: Autobiography of Death by Kim Hyesoon, Time by Etel Adnan, and To the Ashes by Anzhelina Polonskaya.



Autobiography of Death
, Kim Hyesoon, trans. Don Mee Choi, art by Fi Jae Lee (New Directions, 2018) 

So she wrote

Brianne Alphonso

Brianne Alphonso writes on three 2017 poetry titles centered around feminine histories, bodies, and rebirths: Mary’s Dust by Melinda Mueller, Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts by Maya Jewell Zeller and Carrie DeBacker, and Silk Poems by Jen Bervin.

Brianne Alphonso on feminine histories, bodies, and rebirths.

Transfigurations/abstractions

Kelly Liu

Cover art from ‘Ideas Have No Smell: Three Belgian Surrealist Booklets.’

Editorial assistant Kelly Liu breaks down the poetics of the three translated booklets of Ideas Have No Smell: Three Belgian Surrealist Booklets, ed. and trans. M. Kasper: Transfigured Publicity by Paul Nougé, Abstractive Treatise on Obeuse by Paul Colinet, and For Balthazar by Louis Scutenaire.

Editorial assistant Kelly Liu breaks down the poetics of the three translated booklets of Ideas Have No Smell.

Ghostly intimacies

Orchid Tierney

Reviews editor Orchid Tierney reviews three uncanny poetry titles: Scorpio by Katy Bohinc, Sheep Machine by Vi Khi Nao, and Motion Studies by Jena Osman.

Reviews editor Orchid Tierney reviews three uncanny poetry titles.

Modern myths and topographies

Julia Bloch

Editor Julia Bloch reviews four poetry titles that make us think differently about spaces both crowded and open, and histories both told and ready to be rewritten.

Editor Julia Bloch reviews four poetry titles that make us think differently about spaces both crowded and open, and histories both told and ready to be rewritten.