Doris Lynch

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Dialogues with Rising Tides

These stunning poems question what we as individuals can do to repair or at least survive our battered world. Highly recommended.
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The Life

An interesting, mostly well-written collection that rewards readers with small epiphanies, especially about family life (“his body emitting // that constant low heat of the still-growing”).

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The Complete Stories

Despite the poet’s tendency to overstuff some poems, he has a distinctive voice adept at capturing the moment: about a tattoo session, he says, “I watched the needle in the mirror stitch / my mirrored skin like softly oozing silk.” The best poems change and evolve, working that synergy between brain and heart and a loved other (“I am sorry. And the child // we declined /// shivers on the long black lawn”). A worthy addition to most collections.

Come-Hither Honeycomb

The occasional poem could use some tightening, but this is a sterling collection that ends much too soon. Highly recommended.

Owed

In a time when many confront and protest the racism prevalent in our society, Bennett’s new book is vital. Recommended for all collections.
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Whale Day: And Other Poems

Not Collins’s best collection but a solid one that all libraries will want for its emotional resonance during difficult times.
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Asylum: A personal, historical, natural inquiry in 103 lyric sections

Precise language, deft metaphors, and emotional undertones keep audiences invested and sometimes enthralled. Recommended for most collections.

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Obit

Often incorporating short declarative sentences, Chang’s poems can veer toward being list-like but move forward quickly to endings that surprise and even amaze as they burrow deep into those grieving places all of us have experienced. Recommended for most collections.
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Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod

One of the poet’s great strengths is her ability to forge striking metaphors even if several veer far from the sensate world: “white petals disappear into his shadow like a conclusion.” But that’s a quibble, as most poems impart a passionate fierceness while revealing a shared humanity. Highly recommended for most collections.

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