#TPQ5: MARTIN OTT

Ghost of – Diana Khoi Nguyen

This haunting memoir in verse explores the death of a brother, identity, and exile in poems that whisper terrifying and beautiful truths, with unforgettable images that weave a tapestry of light and darkness.

Deaf Republic – Ilya Kaminsky

This contemporary epic wrestles with the questions of war and our shared accountability. This book rewards multiple readings and depicts a world that could be our world, that sometimes is our world, that may not be our world if we find our collective voices and better selves.

All Its Charms – Keetje Kuipers

Welcome to personal poems that packs a punch, line to line, chronicling the author’s transformation into motherhood and rekindled love in verse that leaves you swaying with cascading images.

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin – Terrance Hayes

One of our contemporary masters of verse breathes life into an old form by combining grief with love, the personal with the political, and passion with ambivalence in his unforgettable and unsettling portrayal of America.

The Carrying – Ada Limón

The burdens of this world spring from the earth, are carried in our bodies, and press in from a world teeming with spirits in verse that asks you to carry the weight of all these things while trying to answer the riddles of our existence.


Martin Ott is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction, including Captive, De Novo Prize Winner (C&R Press, 2012) and Underdays (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015), Sandeen Prize Winner and Forward Indies Finalist. His newest book, Fake News Poems (BlazeVOX Books, 2019), takes the headline of a news story from each week as a starting point to explore political and personal turmoil in the first year of Trump’s presidency. His work has appeared in 20 anthologies and more than 200 magazines, including Antioch Review, Epoch, Harvard Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and Zyzzyva. A former US Army interrogator, Ott is a longtime resident of Los Angeles.
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