Basin Ghosts by Jesse Graves (Texas Review Press ) Graves returns to the rural South in his second full-length collection of poetry, where he recounts stories of the past while navigating the present landscape.
Lessons in Ruin by Justin Hamm (Aldrich Press) Hamm celebrates the landscape of the Midwest through lyrical narratives that embrace both childhood memories and adult observations of a world rich in history and memory.
The Rusted City by Rochelle Hurt (White Pine Press) In a collection of lyrical prose poems, Hurt explores an American Rust Belt City telling stories of a broken world through elements of fantasy and fairy tales. See my full review here.
The Name Museum by Nick McRae (C&R Press) Full of folklore and spirit, the poems in McRae’s first full length collection introduce readers to a world struggling with history, religion, and memory.
All the Wasted Beauty of the World by Richard Newman (Able Muse Press) In his latest collection of poetry, Newman explores the beauty in landscapes that are usually discarded as debris, whether it’s an alleyway with a possum, a trailer park yard, or an overpass complete with drunk boys urinating into the night.
Misery Islands by January Gill O’Neil (Cavankerry) In her followup to Underlife, O’Neil’s latest collection navigates the rocky world of divorce, while still finding kinship in the women in her life and experiencing joy in the confusing world of motherhood.
Fat Jersey Blues by John Repp (Akron Series in Poetry) Full of rhythm and music, Repp’s poems celebrates life through song-like narratives that explore the past and how this past intersects with the lives we lead now.
American Galactic by Laura Madeline Wiseman (Martin Lit) Little green men take center stage in Wisemen’s collection that presents a world where alien visitors both frighten us with their presence and educate us about our own role in the world. A fun (and wise) work of speculative poetry!
In the Permanent Collection by Stefanie Wortman (University of North Texas Press) Winner of the 2013 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, Wortman’s first collection explores the disorder of life through historical records, works of arts, and personal narratives. A wonderful tour of lyrical poetry.