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Claudia F. Savage: Bruising Continents

In Bruising Continents (Spuyten Duyvil Press), poet Claudia F. Savage charts an intimate personal landscape of love and longing with the unflinching resolve of an early explorer venturing into the unknown. Natural imagery abounds as Savage’s narrator gathers the courage to abandon the familiar for the deep, uncharted wilderness of new desire. And, as she

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October 5, 2017

Donna Vorreyer – Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story

Donna Vorreyer’s Every Love Story Is an Apocalypse Story doesn’t mince its truths. Beginning with a “Preamble,” this poetry volume immediately sets out to disprove the permanence of romantic love—“We all know this is a lie, know/that every paired or melded/thing returns to pieces.”—while maintaining a disquieting undercurrent of displaced hope. A charmingly relatable collection

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August 8, 2016

Kristin LaTour: What Will Keep Us Alive

Kristin LaTour’s What Will Keep Us Alive (Sundress Publications) is a cross-country journey of the spirit. Sometimes it takes dark turns into towns full of secrets, and sometimes it bursts with the power and color of strong women who take charge of their routes and destinations. LaTour’s poems are rich in image and texture, glistening

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July 11, 2016

Aracelis Girmay – the black maria

How does one write a book of poems that deals with the unspeakable suffering that history, its people and its events, have brought onto innocent lives, without perpetuating that trauma? the black maria, by Aracelis Girmay (BOA Editions) doesn’t evade tragedy. There is suffering here: that of the thousands who have attempted the journey to

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April 25, 2016

Jerome Charyn – A Loaded Gun

In his latest book, A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century (Bellevue Literary Press), Jerome Charyn dispenses quickly with the image of a virginal, reclusive “Belle of Amherst” in favor of a more seductive and subversive Emily Dickinson, “fierce–and cruel,” who wielded language as a tool, plaything, and weapon. In the pursuit of

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March 28, 2016

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib – The Crown Ain’t Worth Much

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Late Night Conversation, hosted by Kristin Maffei Featured Guest: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

March 22, 2016

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