Capsule reviews

Clap, baby: like this

Of Clap for Me That's Not Me, Kenna O'Rourke writes: “Capó-García’s methods are relatable: filtering a fucked-up world through too much TV, too much time on the internet, too many music videos (“I had great ambition to become a video girl a classy one the kind that dances with her mouth closed”). There are almost too many funny snippets to keep up.” Of Baby, I Don't Care, Kenna writes: "Chelsey Minnis’s Baby, I Don’t Care is decadent and deranged, a color story of burnt orange and diamond and wine, a “meat locker full of rubies.” The speaker of these short, punchy poems — indebted, Minnis notes, to Turner Classic Movies — is the kind of absurd upper crust that makes the Real Housewives franchises so popular, with a 1920s-ish speech coach." 

Kenna O’Rourke takes another look at three 2018 poetry titles.

Citizenship in contest

Orchid Tierney

Orchid Tierney rounds out the year with three reviews of 2019 poetry titles.

In hollows

Kenna O'Rourke

Kenna O’Rourke reviews three poetry titles featuring dysfunctional relationships: Red Mother by Laurel Radzieski, small siren by Alexandra Mattraw, and Without Protection by Gala Mukomolova.

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.

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.