Capsule reviews

Fables, selfhood, and affect

Orchid Tierney

Reviews editor Orchid Tierney returns with capsule reviews of three timely poetry titles: This Window Makes Me Feel by Rob Fitterman, H & G by Anna Maria Hong, and Echolocation by Evelyn Reilly. Fitterman's long poem, she writes, aptly demonstrates that the noisy polyvocality of the digital world remains tersely conversant with the real-world scales of human tragedy. Spinning lines with urgency of thought, Reilly's Echolocation is vital reading for poets and scholars in the field of ecopoetics today. 

Reviews editor Orchid Tierney returns with capsule reviews of three timely poetry titles.

Strange definitions

Kenna O'Rourke

Three capsule reviews of weird vocabularies: Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair, Encyclopédie of the Common & Encompassing by Allison Campbell, and Confessional Sci-fi: A Primer by Kirsten Kaschock. Deeply personal and unreservedly absurd, Campbell's Encyclopédie shifts abruptly between existential meditation and wild portraiture. Full of odd feeling, and more often than not grotesque, Kaschock's book reckons with the inexplicable in twisted, funny lines. And Sinclair writes biting, beautiful verse on the resistance inherent in her very existence.

Three capsule reviews of weird vocabularies: Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair, Encyclopédie of the Common & Encompassing by Allison Campbell, and Confessional Sci-fi: A Primer by Kirsten Kaschock.

Anybody, nobody, somebody

Anybody, nobody, somebody

Kelly Liu

Editorial assistant Kelly Liu makes her capsule reviews debut with three recent poetry titles: Anybody by Ari Banias, Civilization Makes Me Lonely by Jennifer Nelson, and Commodore by Jacqueline Waters.

Editorial assistant Kelly Liu makes her capsule reviews debut with three recent poetry titles: Anybody by Ari Banias, Civilization Makes Me Lonely by Jennifer Nelson, and Commodore by Jacqueline Waters.

'A lemon painted yellow'

Amy Stidham

Editorial assistant Amy Stidham returns with three capsule reviews on unexpected drama. Under review: stack by James Davies, Common Place by Sarah Pinder, and Battledore by L. J. Sysko.

stack, James Davies (Carcanet Press, 2017)

The quotidian

Orchid Tierney

J2 reviews editor Orchid Tierney reads three collections interrogating the poetic forms of the everyday — or, “the intimacy possible in the fractures”: Thousand Star Hotel by Bao Phi, Days and Works by Rachel Blau DuPlessis, and Abandoned Angel: New Poems by Burt Kimmelman.

J2 reviews editor Orchid Tierney reads three collections interrogating the poetic forms of the everyday.