C. Diane Scharper

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A mysterious I-narrator speaks, whispers, and sometimes hisses these intense, urgent poems, which ultimately form a lament. For academic holdings and public collections that include a political or own voices element.

Mosses and Lichens

As with his five earlier books of poetry, Johnston builds the energy from sharp images and the repeated use of assonance, consonance, and slant rhyme, concluding by masterfully slowing the action and focusing on one aspect of the subject, his details painted with the finest of brush strokes. For all libraries.

A Piece of Good News

Peterson uses words as a videographer employs details and images. She slows the pace here and quickens it there, all the while building the evocative moment in which she doesn't so much remember as seek the meaning of her memories. Accessible to all readers.


A strong second collection from a rising poet.—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal


With enjambment and double meanings, the best poems here use crystal-sharp images to muse on lost time and to take "the private public," as Armantrout writes so eloquently. For all attentive poetry readers.—C. Diane Scharper, Towson Univ., MD

Peaches Goes It Alone

What these poems lack in depth they try to make up for in anger. Sometimes that works, but more often it doesn't. Recommended for academic libraries only.

Trickster Feminism

Waldman defies death with new poems, which at their best, push against her own demise and celebrate life. Recommended for serious poetry collections.

Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl

Reading this collection is a dizzying, challenging, and an overall pleasant experience. Recommended for art lovers and academic libraries.

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