Split the Lark: Shara Lessley on Contemporary Poetry Double Portrait, by Brittany Perham. W.W. Norton & Company, 80 pp., $26.95. Witch Wife, by Kiki Petrosino. Sarabande, 60 pp., $16.95. I buy pencil sets and notepads in the gift shop partly as a means of distraction. Plonk the kids in front of a painting at London’s […]
by Levi Bentley Of Mongrelitude, by Julian Talamentez Brolaski. Wave Books, 112 pp., $18. Julian Talamantez Brolaski’s Of Mongrelitude scraps with language, rolls in the dirt of it, smells every smell, however cagily. It is a playful, lonely, wild book that exercises in equal measure an array of techniques that tear apart and reconstitute language […]
Corey Van Landingham, a contributing editor, is the author of Antidote and the recipient of a 2017 NEA fellowship. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Cincinnati and a book review editor for Kenyon Review.
Hilary Plum is the author of the novel Strawberry Fields (2018); the work of nonfiction Watchfires (2016); and the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (2013). Zach Savich is the author of six books of poetry, including Daybed (2018) and two books of prose, including Diving Makes the Water Deep (2016).
Book reviews by Raena Shirali, Christopher Kempf, Shara Lesssley, and Corey Van Landingham.
Kylan Rice has poetry and prose in Kenyon Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Denver Quarterly, Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is a regular reviewer for West Branch.
Christopher J. Adamson is a California-based poet, critic, and essayist. His writing has appeared in the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and publications including ZYZZYVA, Boston Review, Southwest Review and previously in West Branch.
Luke Hankins is the author of a collection of poems, Weak Devotions, and a collection of essays, The Work of Creation. A volume of his translations from the French of Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, A Cry in the Snow & Other Poems, was released by Seagull Books in 2018
Will Schutt is the author of Westerly (Yale University Press, 2013) and translator of My Life, I Lapped It Up: Selected Poems of Edoardo Sanguineti (Oberlin College Press, fall 2018).
Kylan Rice has an MFA from Colorado State University, and he is working on his PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Some of his poems can be found at Kenyon Review, The Seattle Review, and elsewhere. His book reviews have been published by Colorado Review, West Branch, Carolina Quarterly and the Emily Dickinson Society Bulletin.