SPD is proud to celebrate recent titles that have drawn critical praise & attention! We've gathered some of our favorite recent review highlights and will compile that buzz for you here regularly. 

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Doomstead Days

(Nightboat Books, 2019)
By Brian Teare
from The New York Times | April 26, 2019
(Barrow Street Press, 2019)
By Sally Ball 

from The New York Times | April 26, 2019
[cover of book] Crosslight for Youngbird
Crosslight for Youngbird
(Nightboat Books, 2018)
By Asiya Wadud
from The Kenyon Review | April 26, 2019

[book cover] A Year From Today

A Year From Today
(Nightboat Books, 2018)
By Stacy Szymaszek

from Lambda Literary | April 24, 2019
"The poetry is lived, an internalized, masterful apprehension of things." -Dale Smith

[book cover] fossils in the making

Fossils in the Making

(Black Ocean, 2019)
By Kristin George Bagdanov 


from Chicago Review of Books | April 23, 2019


The After-Normal: Brief, Alphabetical Essays on a Changing Planet
(Rose Metal Press, 2019)
By David Carlin and Nicole Walker
from Publishers Weekly | April 22, 2019

Materia Prima
(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019)
By Amanda Berenguer

from Asymptote | April 18, 2019
"Well-curated and featuring a cadre of excellent translators, Materia Prima pulls off what most ‘selected works' rarely even bother to try....Every collection should shoot this high." -Garrett Phelps

Baby, I Don't Care
(Wave Books, 2018)
By Chelsey Minnis 

from The New York Times | April 15, 2019 

Little Million Doors
(Nightboat Books, 2019)
By Chad Sweeney 

from Publishers Weekly | April 15, 2019
"Poet and translator Sweeney...masters the art of understatement in this book of forthright and delicate poems."


Pulver Maar
(Black Ocean, 2019)
By Zachary Schomburg 

from Publishers Weekly | April 15, 2019
"Schomburg is a comedic king, his work, a rabbit hole of innovative, whimsical darkness."

(Fence Books / Book*hug, 2017)
By Divya Victor
(Kenning Editions, 2018) 
by Miyó Vestrini, tr. Anne Boyer and Cassandra Gillig
from Frieze | March 28, 2019
(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019) 
by Ed Steck


The Switch
(Wonder, 2019)
By Shiv Kotecha 


Invasive species
(Nightboat Books, 2019)
by Marwa Helal

from The New York Times | March 20, 2019
"Helal's first and often stellar book belongs to many categories, and to none." --Stephanie Burt 


(Nightboat Books, 2018)
by Gracie Leavitt

Total Recall
(Krupskaya, 2019)
By Samantha Giles 

from Yes Poetry | March 12, 2019
"Total Recall builds a structure of clouded memories, spells, and artifacts, strung together in a masterful sequence of alternating certainty and doubt." - Angelo Colavita

Giving Godhead
(Delete Press, 2017)
By Dylan Krieger  

from Entropy | March 11, 2019
"...a scathing takedown of organized religion and American evangelicalism" --Jacob Schepers


(Octopus Books, 2017)
By Brooke Ellsworth 

from Entropy | March 11, 2019
"A testimony of a lyric voice in the process of self-actualization and individuation, Serenade revels in the uncertainties and precarity of that defining process." --Jacob Schepers

[book cover] harte

(Downstate Legacies, 2018)
By Sade LaNay 

from Tarpaulin Sky | March 8, 2019

(Noemi Press, 2018)
By Natalie Eilbert 
from Lit Hub | March 7, 2019
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