The New Poetry Review: Oculus by Sally Wen Mao

NATALIE PATTERSON Oculus Sally Wen Mao 2019 Sally Wen Mao’s second poetry collection, Oculus, is a meeting of past, present, and future, at once a work of historical imagination and speculation for the digital age. Mao, born in Wuhan, China and raised in northern California, crafts an immense undertaking with Oculus, weaving together contemplations of […]

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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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