Book Reviews

Review of Ashley Toliver’s “Spectra”

https://www.massreview.org/node/7490/ (Review published in The Massachusetts Review, July 2019) “Kinesis,” the first poem in Ashley Toliver’s powerful first book Spectra, frames the collection’s primary strength: that of movement through trauma and the emotionally dark places in the female self, where one can be “plumbing / a violent kinesis. “This movement takes place via Toliver’s poetic…

Review of Camille Rankine’s “Incorrect Merciful Impulses”

http://losangelesreview.org/book-review-incorrect-merciful-impulses-camille-rankine/ (Review published in The Los Angeles Review, March 2018) Camille Rankine’s compelling debut collection, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, enacts the struggles of one trying to connect broadly with society and more intimately with both another person and one’s self. The threat of disconnection is everywhere. In the opening poem, “Tender,” the speaker begins: Dear patriot…