Book Reviews

Festival

Festival

Festival, by Broc Rossell. Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2105. $16, 98 pages.

It is common knowledge among poets that in Italian and Romansh, “stanza” translates to “room,” evoking the paradox of separation and connectedness, of transitioning within a …

Landfalls

Landfalls

Landfallsby Naomi J. Williams. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2015. $26, 336 pages.

In the third chapter of Naomi J. Williams’ novel Landfalls, a group of men look for a town that seems to have gone missing from the world. “How …

Wake

Wake

Wake, by Laura Madeline Wiseman. Aldrich Press, 2015. $14.00, 67 pages.

Unlike Emily Dickinson, who could not stop for death, Laura Madeline Wiseman embraces death and her cohorts—both mythological and real—in her newest poetry collection Wake. With carefully crafted images …

The Opposite House

The Opposite House

The Opposite House, by Claudia Emerson. Louisiana State University Press, 2015. $18, 61 pages.

Elegaic. There is no better word for this sixth collection by Claudia Emerson, a poet who died a few months before the book’s release. The title …

Salad Anniversary

Salad Anniversary

Salad Anniversary, by Machi Tawara. Translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter. Pushkin Press, 2015. $14, 112 pages.

Since the end of World War II, the Western appetite for Japanese literature  has grown tremendously, yet most writing being translated from the …