by Kathryn Nuernberger Ascend, Ascend, by Janaka Stucky. Third Man Books, 88 pp., $17.95A Sand Book, by Ariana Reines. Tin House Books, 323 pp., $24.95Without Protection, by Gala Mukamolova. Coffee House Press, 88 pp., $16.95. HoodWitch, byFaylita Hicks. Acre Books, 112 pp., $16.Monsters I Have Been, by Kenji C. Liu. Alice James Books, 100 pp., […]
Michael Earl Craig and the Art of Defusing a Poem by Gabriel Palacios Woods and Clouds Interchangeable, by Michael Earl Craig. Wave Books, 122 pp., $22. Two years ago at the AWP book fair in Washington D.C. I asked the smiling folks working the Wave Books table if any new Michael Earl Craig was on […]
On Alice Oswald’s Dart, edited by Shara Lessley, featuring Niall Munro, Aria Misher Aber and Yvonne Reddick.
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.