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Blizzard

For large poetry collections.

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Hosts and Guests

Like award-wining poet Christian Wiman, Klug bears witness to the fruitful cross-pollinations of contemporary poetry and contemporary religious faith, and like Wiman, he is worth watching. This new collection will reward attentive readers, regardless of their religious beliefs.
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The Caiplie Caves

While this moodily erudite exploration of solitude exudes a timeless aura, most individual poems rarely transcend a claustrophobic flatness of expression, diluting “the nervous power of life” that potentially resides within their subjects. [See “Versifying,” LJ 1/17/20.]

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Little Hill

Ultimately, the creek running through El Cerrito is an extension of the sea and the life force it represents, as reflected in Warren’s poetry. For academic libraries and public libraries with strong poetry collections.
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Andalusian Hours: Poems from the Porch of Flannery O’Connor

O’Donnell’s sonnet sequence is brave and witty and just the thing for ardent readers of O’Connor herself.

Rift Zone

An important book to consider and savor. [See “Versifying,” LJ 1/20.]

Not Go Away Is My Name

Ríos’s poems of memory and aspiration are small masterpieces of clarity and caring, “Hard at the work of being human.” A richly hopeful collection that seems especially vital now. [See “Versifying,” LJ 1/20.]
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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.

Country, Living

An excellent introduction to the concerns and style of one of the most characteristic voices in poetry today, this collection is both timely and touching.
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