The title of a poem is like a tuning fork for the poem, whereas a song gives its overture to set the tone. In the poem-songs, instead of a title the listener receives first a pitch and pattern of sounds composed of instruments and vocals that accompany the words of the poem. This composition colors the words a particular and limited spectrum of emotions.
Explore the world of Guy Jean’s Winter Ploughs the Mourning that exists in a space “between earth and us, a paper of rice.”
Brynn Saito is a young Asian American poet living and teaching in California’s Bay Area. In 2011, she won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press for her first collection of poetry, The Palace of Contemplating Departure. Saito recently won the Diode Editions’ 2013 chapbook prize for Bright Power, Dark Peace, which she …
The raw energy that flows from these lines are amazingly powerful, and to borrow from Armantrout herself, drag reader in, our breath taken away evoking a sense of breathlessness from the short sentences.
The language in the book is curt and realistic. Sadoff’s mastery comes from mixing images of the country with high ideas, mixing a lowercased god with images of his father.
CJ Evans allows language to build onto itself to create a lush world of prayer and instructions for dealing with one’s violent surroundings.
In Life on Mars, Tracy K. Smith takes us on a journey through the stars in search of solace from grief, all the while contemplating the grandness of the universe while still keeping the poems exquisitely crafted throughout the book.