The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

REVIEW: GUNMETAL BLUE – JASON ALLEN (JANE’S BOY PRESS)

  Because I did not die in the log cabin where I was born I shoulder the Green Mountains everywhere I go, breathing best when the leaves turn to flame. … Continue reading

September 14, 2015

REVIEW: HOUSES – NIKKI WALLSCHLAEGER (HORSE LESS PRESS)

What is a house? And what does a house hold? Nikki Wallschlaeger both builds and dismantles, props up and tears down, the answers to these questions in Houses, her debut … Continue reading

July 15, 2015

REVIEW: IDEAL MACHINE – ASHLEY TOLIVER (POOR CLAUDIA)

Ideal Machine by Ashley Toliver in future rites I lay down on the operating table glassy and overdue The look and feel of these poems is something I love about … Continue reading

July 3, 2015

REVIEW: BACKCHANNEL – EMILY SKILLINGS (POOR CLAUDIA)

I untouch you and move headfirst into the couches of this unholy season I read. A lot. There are times I regret that. Say, if the person I’m seeing is … Continue reading

July 1, 2015

REVIEW: 24 HOURS – MATTHEW DICKMAN (ONE STAR PRESS / POOR CLAUDIA)

24 Hours by Matthew Dickman I went to my mother and asked her to stop talking. I went to my mother and asked if she would hold me. I went … Continue reading

June 26, 2015

REVIEW: NOTHING TO DO WITH ME – SARAH XERTA (UNIVERSITY OF HELL PRESS)

  Nothing To Do With Me by Sarah Xerta “Poets are some of the emptiest people I know is a thought that just hit me from somewhere in the back … Continue reading

June 24, 2015

REVIEW: OFTEN GO AWRY – BRIAN S. ELLIS (UNIVERSITY OF HELL PRESS)

Sam said the gas tank could go on for thirty miles after the gas light came on so I’m counting trying to count the miles but the mile markers often … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

REVIEW: BLOOD PERCUSSION – NATE MARSHALL (BUTTON POETRY / EXPLODING PINECONE PRESS)

Sprinkle my ashes across the north side of Chicago & the surrounding suburbs.   the south side has seen too many black boys become the end of a flame. “In … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

REVIEW: HERE COMES THE NEW JOY – JOHN BARRIOS (UNIVERSITY OF HELL PRESS)

   I am hesitant to include quotes from the book in this review. Not that it is a bad book, completely the opposite actually. I had such fun reading the … Continue reading

June 11, 2015

REVIEW: OUR NUMBERED DAYS – NEIL HILBORN (BUTTON POETRY)

    To say I hate you would imply a world in which I kissed more than your stomach. Look, we’ve established that I’m a jerk, so let me say … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

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