2021-02-10: Rob Mclennan reviews Simone Kearney's DAYS
"The book begins mid-thought, and rushes forward as though the poem was always there, has always been there, pushing and thinking and speaking into and around and through the small cracks and crevices of languages...."
2021-01-07: Cecily Chen reviews : once teeth bones coral : for Entropy Mag
"Every word in : once teeth bones coral :, Kimberly Alidio’s new book of poetry from Belladonna*, is saturated with this extralexicographical intensity, calling attention to language’s sonic and somatic resonance when it becomes estranged...."
2018-10-19: Entropy reviews Celina Su's "Landia"
"In her debut collection of poetry, Celina Su meditates on the everydayness of large-scale political and economic processes—be it gentrification, state violence, or migration—not as singular events, but as diffused, on-going happenings..."
2018-08-16: Lambda Literary reviews Sweet Dreams by Pamela Sneed
"In the slim 48-page book, a reader has the chance to go from being able to pick Sneed out of a crowd to getting a sense of who she is and how, as a powerful, Black lesbian artist, writer, and mentor, she came to be...."
2018-08-01: Singapore Unbound reviews Landia by Celina Su
"Celina Su’s Landia could be the future of English poetry. It is concerned about placelessness/placemaking, language’s limits/unlimitedness, and the complex and contradictory relations between both...."
2017-07-20: Lit Hub interviews Jennifer Firestone
"From the beginning (more than perhaps in my other books) Gates & Fields was to me a question about language, about which words might appear in the face of grief and death...."
2017-05-30: Rob McLennan reviews Jennifer Firestone's Gate & Fields
"There is a sparseness to Firestone’s short sketched fragments, one that packs in an enormous, and enormously restrained, emotional content while utilizing sound, rhythm and repetitions, echoes and precision...."
2016-07-11: Publisher's Weekly reviews Cancer Angel by Beth Murray
The poems possess a welcoming, conversational tone that allows them to flow as one nearly continuous voice. Murray's thoughtful and aware reflections echo points Audre Lorde made in The Cancer Journals and further the conversation about terminal illness.
2015-11-02: Ploughshares reviews Four From Japan
"One of the best anthologies I’ve encountered because the book shows a practice of de-centralization instead of map-making and canon-formation..."
2014-12-01: Natalie Eilbert for H_NGM_N 16 reviews Twerk
"Not since Kamau Brathwaite’s Middle Passages have I felt as possessed by history, geography, language, and their endlessly entangled footnotes as I did reading and rereading and rereading Twerk by LaTasha Nevada Diggs...."
2014-07-10: Boston Review reviews Twerk
"Through that bewilderment we realize how much of our world we have left illegible. Now, alongside Diggs, we meet the dazzling prospect of reading it...."
2013-07-10: California College of the Arts recognizes Twerk
"Twerk unveils an identity shaped by popular media and history, code switching, and cultural inclusivity. The poems, songs, and myths in this long-awaited first book are as rooted in lyric as in innovation, in black music as in macaronic satire."
2013-05-02: Laura Carter review for H_NGM_N
"The strength of Kristin Prevallet’s Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn is in its ability to make waking seem one of the most sought-after, and always ever sought after, experiences."
2013-05-01: Barzakh micro review of Twerk, Issue 5.
"Through reference to Kelis, found material, homage to an array of poets, artists and tongues Diggs pulls you into a body of work that is as meticulous and superbly intricate as the lace on the book’s cover."
2013-04-23: Joyelle McSweeney for Montevidayo
"I am slain, felled, sweetened up and served by Latasha N. Nevada Diggs’ TwERK. It’s like an almanac-zodiac-aphrodesiac-cum-emetic: it’s going to make the language come out of you, and the knowledge, too."
2013-04-12: Annalisa Pesek for Library Journal reviews Proxy
"Doyle's prose poems blend the rawness of a natural storyteller with refined craftsmanship, and the result is little shocks to mind and body.... Refuse the dull — and anticipate readers wanting more of Doyle's conversations..."
2013-03-18: Jessica Mason McFadden for Lambda Literary reviews Proxy
"Proxy is as much a work of intellectual ambition and political strategy, expanding and exploring woundedness, as it is aesthetically erotic. If you want to feel deeply, to be pulled into Doyle’s prose, prepare to do so..."
2013-03-07: Alexis Pauline Gumbs for The Feminist Wire reviews Proxy
"You will read this book and you will be astounded at how gorgeous it is to be alive and dying, to be a hot mess falling apart in intimate and public places, to be experiencing a rate of change that changes, a tendency in life towards death..."
2012-11-08: The Offending Adam reviews Twerk
"In Diggs’ work, there never is a complete ending, only a door to another ending... Oftentimes I found myself caught in another world, a world authored by a poet unafraid to mix languages for the sake of something new and indeterminate."
2011-11-07: Cara Benson for Jacket2 reviews Bharat jiva
"Bharat jiva a penultimate comment on the banality and glimmering potential holdout of humanity. Philosophy of philosophy, planetary biological religious cosmic consideration afloat on the tension of gerunds manifesting without always an I, yet I... "
2011-10-20: Cathy Wagner for Third Factory on The Wide Road
"An enviably intellectually-fecund friendship set itself the important work of trying to think and write sex, collaboratively, as women. I wish I’d had this book years ago... "
2011-09-12: Sara Rauch for Lambda Literary reviews The Wide Road
"Sinuous, seductive, rife with sexy, feminine energy, The Wide Road is hard to categorize. It blurs the line between poetry and prose, gender and sexuality, body and story, universality and individuality...."
2011-09-08: Len Gutkin for Make Magazine reviews The Wide Road
"Harryman and Hejinian’s strange, charming, picaresque “novel,” consists of epistolary correspondence between the book’s authors. These letters comment on the work we are reading, even as they evoke an enviably intelligent creative partnership..."
2011-08-20: Good Reads reviews The Wide Road
"A supremely riotous & zaftig take on the female picaresque. Language poets Carla Harryman and Lyn Hejinian join forces in a collaboration of poems & correspondence..."
2011-06-16: Diana Rickard
on Akilah Oliver's memorial at the Poetry Project
2011-03-21: Karla Kelsey for The Constant Critic reviews The Wide Road
"Here subjectivity (echoing Kristeva) is the effect of linguistic process, rather than something that comes into being before or apart from language. The collaborative nature provides a completely different conception of the self in the world..."
2011-02-27: Tarpaulin Sky reviews The Wide Road
"Newsflash: TSky gives thumbs up to the work of Harryman and Hejinian. Kudos to Blum, Hegnauer, and Belladonna for a thoughtful and pleasing design befitting the work of Harryman and Hejinian. Brill, brill, and brill..."
2007-03-01: Midwest Book Review Small Press Bookwatch on Four From Japan
"Four From Japan showcases a diverse and reflective body of Japanese verse and other writings that is strongly recommended reading, a seminal addition to academic library poetry collections, and a welcome contribution to Japanese Cultural Studies..."
2000-07-01: Harryette Mullen
"The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be": Stretching the Dialogue of African-American Poetry
Discussion of Akilah Oliver's she said dialogues: flesh memory. Rachel Levitsky and Tisa Bryant.