Fred Muratori

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One Lark, One Horse: Poems

Hofmann’s condensed, serrated screeds against a gradually dehumanizing culture might seem unduly dyspeptic to some readers, but others will appreciate their unglossed vision and resistance to passive acceptance.

Poems Written Abroad: The Lilly Library Manuscript

Of primary interest to Spender scholars, this long-lost volume also offers poetry lovers a glimpse of a budding modernist mind fully engaged with “the anguish of beauty and the anxieties/ of pleasure.”

Robert Schumann Is Mad Again

These improvisations are like peculiar keys that fit no known locks and will no doubt find approval among those who admire surrealist poetry. Others, however, may see poems that too easily get carried away with themselves, abandoning the reader along the way.



Propelled by activist alarm ("We live in toppled times under a feat of tyranny"), Hejinian employs a seamless blend of poetic craft, spontaneity, and oblique associations to build a wall of creative resistance against acquiescence and despair.

The Tradition

Though many poems here risk intruding on some readers' comfort zones, Brown's uneasy fusion of art, conscience, eroticism, and rage—like any serious poetry worth close attention—aspires to greatness within the fragmented immediacies of our historical moment while suggesting a shared human destination: "A poem is a gesture toward home." [An editor's pick, LJ 2/19, p. 23.]

bury it

The depth of the poet's empathy and lived experience together with his stylistic concision infuse these poems with an emotional authenticity that will speak not only to readers of poetry but also, paraphrasing William Carlos Williams, to those who suffer for lack of what is found there.

Lake Michigan

While Borzutzky drives home his timely message with relentless, often eloquent fervor, the repetitive imagery and structure of his polemic can be numbing over the long haul. Nevertheless, this work will appeal to readers who appreciate unabashedly activist poetry.

Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance

Difficult, serious, and probing, Joudah's surreal lyrics rarely reveal their mysteries on a first or even fifth reading but instead are discovered like fragmented dreams that suddenly become whole when recollected months afterward.


A richly envisioned memoir in verse ("Once you start how can you quit/ all this remembering?") offering a wide-ranging yet intimate account of growing up in a country that has yet to live up to its promises.

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