Book Review: Sight Lines by Arthur Sze

Thanks to Copper Canyon Press for advance review copy. Review by Linda Ashok In the white US and in saffron India, there isn’t a sensible human being who isn’t aware of the violent shadow of discrimination. From here, if we paraglide to the most revered act of paying attention and then drill our focus a…

Book Review: Soft Targets by Deborah Landau

Thanks to Copper Canyon Press for advance review copy. Deborah’s poems are poems born out of necessity, poems that beget an intuitive response from us, poems to whose familiarity we nod: the fear and anxiety of living in today’s world. Her poems explore in vivid, masterfully crafted lines what it is like to live in…

Book Review: Oceanic by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Before moving to California, I spent most of my life in the overcrowded, fast-paced, industrial city of Mumbai. While we lived not far from a small public garden, the closest I ever got to witnessing nature was by observing our pet goldfish in action. There was also one occasion in the fourth grade when we…

Book Review | Laurel: Poems of Love, Loss and Rivalry by Peter Cowlam

Author of Laurel: Poems of Love, Loss and Rivalry, Peter Cowlam’s career as a poet goes back some forty years. His first collection, The Harvest, was privately printed and circulated in the late 1970s. Other collections, including The Valleys of Babel, Manifesto, and Opus Thirty Three Bagatelles have appeared at intervals in the ensuing years,…

Book Review: Double Portrait by Brittany Perham

Double Portrait is Brittany Perham’s prize winning second volume of poetry after The Curiosities (2012). Chosen by Claudia Rankine for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, this collection is a series of musical, introspective, and inventive two-way portraits, each bringing to life the relationship between two entities: mother and child, citizen and country, self and lover,…