"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...."
"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...."
"Hyperallergic poetry editor, Wendy Xu, has selected an excerpt from Lyn Hejinian’s forthcoming Positions of the Sun for her monthly series that brings original poetry to the screens of Hyperallergic readers...."
"Subsisters ... reveals a new understanding of the ontology of language through moving, playful expression. Rather than fixing language, Wolf and Seita allow the reader to see the text for the multiple readings it can offer...."
By tuning the mind to the ways in which language frames experience—and can even dance from one tongue to the next—Wolf shows how meaning and sense become an examination of “the lengevitch of a conjoined twin.”
"His ardor turned into an antelope-shaped ice sculpture, its taste and shape memorialized at film festivals all over Spain. Hers fossilized into ambivalent scorn, trapped under a notebook in Arkansas..."
"being on an island, having a child, writing, and having a child as the reverse of insularity, namely: becoming archipelago, the edges swell up, are made permeable, build new mainlands for nourishment..."
"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...."
"In Swarm we read a chronicle, a cull, a calling into view and sound, the cycle of fragment and cohesion, part and whole, scatter and gather, charting the skirmishes between night music and Tonya’s nimble mind..."
"Rachel Zucker speaks with Kristin Prevallet about teaching grammar in prisons, trancepoetics, hypnotherapy, radical femininity, retrograde meaning, and what it means to be a tender of the garden of language..."
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.
"This ambitious collection exposes and resists, in “small” gestures centered on a landscape-oriented page, the ways empire compulsively overwrites individual and collective experiences of time and place..."
"Her lyrics are dynamic, electric and performative, composed as chants, mantras, sing-song description and sly monologue. Constructed as a book-length poem tied very much to the intricacies of place..."
"There’s so much going on in Foster’s work, and always, her articulation of complexities are equaled by lyrical and formal skills ... and a kind of myth-making, a recognition that the lives of ordinary and people deserve the heightened language..."
"Foster achieves a strikingly high fidelity not by zooming in past the personal, but by going panoramic — considering the “multiple as subject” and allowing Harlem’s clamor of voices to speak for itself..."
"A long nocturne, Tonya Foster’s long-awaited debut collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court roves in and out of the dream of Harlem. This rich cityscape, pregnant with so much history and tension, floats through the consciousness of the poetic speaker...
"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...."
"As I continued my read of the essays and literary work in Theory, A Sunday, it became clear that the kind of political struggle and intellectual labor in these texts made possible the relatively utopic feminist intellectual world in which I emerged..."
"In her first full-length collection, TwERK, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs creates seemingly infinite layers of meaning that meld to produce critical social statements on both a global and region-specific scale."
"There is an urgency to the writing that comes out of Belladonna* that they create an impertive for the reader... These authors are creating change through their writing, by engaging with their language you are participating."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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..."
"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..."
"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..."
"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."
"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... "
"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...."
"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..."
"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..."
"When I read, I savor, letting the words be not a grocery store check-out-rack candy bar, but a handmade truffle, sweet and bitter and luscious. A sensual and erotic experience. That’s 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..."
This essay first appeared in MELUS: Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, issue 25.2 (Summer 2010), pages 103-120, and appears by permission of the journal. Copyright MELUS.
"Reading this book feels like watching a nature documentary that takes place inside an organic body and slowed down just a second or two so that the movements of its simulated natural world become trance-like..."
"We are presented with a field of blurred bodies, pearlescent with longing and without barrier. There is no immutable inside or outside here except in the most exorbitant sense—everything is inside, and everything is outside... "
"You can open at random and every single page contains sinuous, luminous passages, which also often contain deeper meanings. . . Moi poetics: no need to deny the serpents the luminous flowers, for those blooms' fragrances are ferocious...!"
"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..."