The New Poetry Review: New Poets of Native Nations

NATALIE PATTERSON New Poets of Native Nations Ed. Heid E. Erdrich 2018 What is the purpose of a poetry anthology? Merriam-Webster defines “anthology” as merely “a collection of selected literary pieces or passages or works of art or music.” Truly, the compiling and editing of an anthology goes much deeper than this—the text must offer […]

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The New Poetry Review: Wade in the Water

NATALIE PATTERSON Wade in the Water Tracy K. Smith 2018 With “Wade in the Water” comes another vibrant and profound collection from Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize-winner for one of her previous books, “Life on Mars.”  The much-awarded Smith presents in four sections thoughts on a surprisingly wide […]

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Contemporary Poetry Review: “The Best American Poetry 2018”

NATALIE PATTERSON “The Best American Poetry 2018” Dana Gioia, Guest Editor David Lehman, Series Editor In an essay published in The Atlantic in 1991, poet Dana Gioia asked, “Can Poetry Matter?”  Now, over twenty-five years later, he serves as guest editor for the 2018 release of “The Best American Poetry,” a series that has, since […]

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Contemporary Poetry Review: “play dead” by francine j. harris

NATALIE PATTERSON “play dead” francine j. harris Published April 2016 francine j. harris, 2015 NEA fellow and PEN Open Book Award-winner, writes a poetry that is as difficult to describe as it is profound, subversive and challenging. “play dead” has been showered with accolades, including a 2017 Lambda Literary Award and is praised both by […]

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Review: Nature, Peace and Death in Mary Oliver’s “Felicity”

NATALIE PATTERSON Felicity By Mary Oliver Published 2015 Reading “Felicity”, it’s easy to remember that Mary Oliver has won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry.  Elusive and mysterious, notoriously private Oliver is known for her meditations on the landscapes and life of the natural world.   Now eighty-two, she […]

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Student Illustrates Poetry Chapbook

By Eva Andrews     This semester, Sara Tolbert has illustrated a poetry chapbook, Uhaul: A Collection of Lesbian Love Poems, written by Emily Ramser. The chapbook was inspired by Ramser’s experiences with Tinder last summer and her relationships with women. Ramser reached out to Tolbert to illustrate the book during the fall semester. The two worked […]

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