Capsule reviews

'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.

Upheaval and return

Julia Bloch

J2 editor Julia Bloch reviews three poetry titles on earthly and bodily reorganization: Orogeny by Iréne Mathieu, The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky, and Community Garden for Lonely Girls by Christine Shan Shan Hou.

J2 editor Julia Bloch reviews three poetry titles on earthly and bodily reorganization.

In regards to time

Brianne Alphonso

J2 summer intern Brianne Alphonso reviews three titles dealing in the inevitable march of time: Kholin 66: Diaries and Poems by Igor Kholin, trans. Ainsely Morse and Bela Shayevich; How to Bake a Planet by Pete Mullineaux; and Tumbling Toward the End by David Budbill.

Brianne Alphonso returns with three capsule reviews on the inevitable onset of years.

Cityscapes in verse

Brianne Alphonso

Jacket2’s summer intern, Brianne Alphonso, reviews three poetry titles that deal in cityscapes: On a Clear Day by Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Manhattan an Archaeology by Eileen R. Tabios, and Blue by Wesley St. Jo and Remé Grefalda. Of On a Clear Day, she notes in part: “Wagner’s book — a medley of prose, poems, and essays — tells a story of urban noise in an age where ‘visibility, consistency, solvency, become moral imperatives.’ From the tapping of fingers on iPhone screens to the radio waves buzzing in our ears, the very air we breathe is loud.

Jacket2’s summer intern, Brianne Alphonso, reviews three poetry titles that deal in cityscapes: On a Clear Day by Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Manhattan an Archaeology by Eileen R. Tabios, and Blue by Wesley St. Jo and Remé Grefalda.