C. Diane Scharper

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For the Ride

Written in a breathless e.e. cummings style, the poem fractures the rules of spelling, grammar, syntax, and formal poetry and is at times unintelligible. But it also brims with fresh, vibrant metaphors and irony, not the least being the religious innuendos that permeate the text. For sophisticated readers of poetry.

The Absurd Man

Jackson has said that he wants his poems to change language into feeling. Alas, in this collection, they seldom do.

Nervous System: Poems

The story is built around Moffett’s standing outside her mother’s hospital room thinking about her before and after dementia through “these images,” which she wistfully describes as “Filling in/ what isn’t there.” Highly recommended for all libraries.


The poem “Magritte, The Empire of Light,” describes this paradoxical painting, which shows a daylight sky over a nighttime scene

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 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.

Playlist: A Poem

Recommended 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.

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