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Our November review highlights are here! Below you'll find reviews from Poetry Foundation, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, RHINO Reviews and more. To view previous review highlights, click this link to check out our archives.




Daughters by Brittney Corrigan | Airlie Press

"Daughters is inventive, attention-holding, and, at times, provocative. Using the device of a daughter, Corrigan leads you into viewing her subjects in a very different light from what you may have previously understood. And she gives you 50 poems that are simply a pleasure to read."
   — Glynn Young, Tweetspeak


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No Doubt I Will Return a Different Man by Tobias Wray | Cleveland State University Poetry Center
"Although many of these poems are about his upbringing in the South and Midwest, Wray invokes a wider culture, queered and personalized, to undo the coercive silencing of otherness and childhood abuse, finding his exemplars in the great moral stylists of poetry, from Dante and Donne to Luis Cernuda, a precursor of queer sensibility. The result is eloquent work in which silence is not an evasion of suffering but instead foregrounds the experience of it, creating a space for beauty to sing “in the center of great incomprehension.”
     David Woo, Poetry Foundation

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We Are Invited to Climb by Andrew Yoon | Awst Press
"Andrew Yoon’s slim, chapbook-size We Are Invited to Climb (Awst Press) is a delightful revelation in experimentation with computer code and the conviction that art can contain multiple meanings, and one need not be married to the finality of a completed piece....The book’s poems are mostly made up of sparse lines or small blocks of prose-like stanzas, each quietly wondrous and weird, an offer of human connection to each other and the world. They ask us to be present in the moment and remind us that each moment contains multitudes of experiences."

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Counterfactual Love Stories by Jackson Bliss | Noemi Press
"The publisher’s description of this collection includes the phrase “transgressive listicles,” which is an especially intriguing combination of words. Matt Bell dubbed this book “one of the most inviting and innovative collections I’ve read,” and hey, we’re prone to listening what he has to say."
   — Vol.1 Brooklyn

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Semiotic Love by Brian Phillip Whalen | Awst Press
“Whalen is writing beautiful short stories that cut to the heart of all the twisted nuances and dilemmas in American love... Semiotic Love [Stories] can take its place among the Cheever, Carver, and Munro classics. So, Deborah Treisman, have a read, and everyone else, too. Spread the word. These love stories are the bomb.”
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David Morgan O'Connor, RHINO Reviews

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