Poetry

  • Modern Life

    Matthea Harvey

    There are many interesting takes on “modern” life in this collection of poems. From the kind of anachronistically futurist Robo-Boy placed in a banal contemporary setting to the militarily apocalyptic series that maps words found between future and terror in the dictionary. The two semi-...more

  • Collected Poems

    Paul Auster

    Reading this book on the subway was probably not the best approach, but I managed to struggle through it. Auster’s earlier poems have some overwrought tendencies, but in a way all of his poems fit together as a larger work, making this collected volume very useful. He’s attached to images of stones and whiteness and snow among...more

  • Sixty Odd

    Ursula K. Le Guin

    I took out a bunch of poetry books and maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for this one, or maybe I’m not into Le Guin’s poetic “wryness.” I suppose she is better known for her fantasy and sci-fi fiction....more

  • Kissing God Goodbye

    June Jordan

    The mix of personal and political poems felt a little awkward at times, but I like her down-to-earth style.

    POEM AFTER RECEIVING VOICEMAIL FROM YOU

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  • Miracle Fruit

    Aimee Nezhukumatathil

    Poetry can be pretty good reading for subway reading as it often is comprised of shorter pieces that you’re more likely to reach an even stopping point when you reach your destination. But I’m kind of out of practice in reading verse these days. The beginning of this book felt so prose-like and conversational, but by the end things...more

  • Poems for Architects

    Jill Stoner

    The best parts of this anthology are the overlays of drawings that interpret the certain poems’ structures. Being that Stoner chose the poems based on her own collection, it’s not necessarily a comprehensive look at poetry that tackles themes of space, like domesticity, urbanism, and form. But it is an interesting concept — how poetry can...more

  • Inside the Yellow Dress

    Mary Ann Samyn

    Wish You Were Here
    Postcard of time, stolen time. And I have such wide need. How can I tell you of all the birds visiting me? First, geese at night — just as you said — flying by the light of the river. No, I mean by the absence of the light of the river. Then, cranes, three: a dream, a painting, a photograph.

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  • Perfect Disappearance

    Martha Rhodes

    Elegy
    My body given away, parts
    flown to other parts — a child
    receives my eyes, another
    my heart, the diseased organs
    remain, benign now.

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  • Before the War: poems as they happened

    Lawson Fusao Inada

    We are all the loves we ever lost.

    I can’t for the life of me remember how this wound up on my hold list at the library, but there must have been some reason. The poems in this book span ten years, themes of jazz, WWII internment camps, and banalities set in several distinct...more

  • Copia

    Casey Kwang

    It’s been well over a year since I last read a book of poetry in its entirety. There have been a few attempts that went undocumented, since I barely even imposed any stress to the bindings.

    This is one of those books that’s...more

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