Spring 2024 Online Edition

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INTERVIEWS

Mixtape Poetics: An Interview with Alicia Cook

Bestselling poet Alicia Cook discusses her “mixtape” series of books, including her latest, The Music Was Just Getting Good, as well as the intricate connections between her poetry and songwriting.

Interviewed by Gerardo Del Guercio

A Magical Monolith: An Interview with Álvaro Enrigue

Real history gets a mind-blowing makeover in the latest work by Mexican novelist Álvaro Enrigue, You Dreamed of Empires, which reimagines the 1519 meeting of the Aztec emperor Moctezuma with the conquistador Hernán Cortés.

Interviewed by Allan Vorda

FEATURES

POETRY REVIEWS

The Cheapest France in Town

For those who believe that the prose poem has been thoroughly explored, many surprises await in this subversive bilingual collection by Seo Jung Hak, translated by Megan Sungyoon.

Reviewed by John Bradley

Public Abstract

In this debut collection, poet Jane Huffman is neither straightforward nor deliberately cryptic, but rather mysteriously honest.

Reviewed by Erick Verran

All Tomorrow's Train Rides

Reality is what poet Matthew M. Monte wants, in all its clarity and precision—even when what it reveals is harsh or cruel.

Reviewed by Lee Rossi

Wonder About The

Matthew Cooperman’s latest collection is a portrait of the Cache la Poudre River in Colorado as well as an exploration of the peculiar concerns of ecopoetry itself.

Reviewed by Joe Safdie

Over the Edge

Dramatic in the best sense of the word, Norbert Hirschhorn’s new collection is written to be spoken and meant to be heard.

Reviewed by Warren Woessner

Night of Loveless Nights

A new edition of Robert Desnos’s truant poem marks the 50th anniversary of its translation into English by New York School poet Lewis Warsh.

Reviewed by Geoffrey Hagenbuckle

Fugue and Strike

The grotesque yet inquisitive poetry of Joe Hall returns to the limelight in Fugue and Strike, his fourth full-length collection.

Reviewed by Greg Bem

Childcare

Rob Schlegel’s fourth poetry collection examines parents' fragile emotional resilience in an age when capital and mass media tell us to find individual solutions for collective problems.

Reviewed by Stephanie Burt

NONFICTION REVIEWS

The Never End

For those interested in George Orwell’s complicated life and legacy, John Reed's The Never End: The Other Orwell, the Cold War, the CIA, MI6, and the Origin of Animal Farm is essential.

Reviewed by Zoe Berkovitz

Polymath

Best known for the 1972 smash hit The Joy of Sex, the protean author Alex Comfort was actually a respected public intellectual influential in a variety of fields, as detailed in this new biography by Eric Laursen.

Reviewed by Richard Kostelanetz

MULTI-GENRE REVIEWS

Death Prefers the Minor Keys

A meditation on life, death, and grieving, Sean Thomas Dougherty’s latest collection seeks a language equipped to transgress the boundaries of the mortal world.

Reviewed by Nick Hilbourn