Book Reviews

Review of Diana Marie Delgado’s “Tracing the Horse”

https://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/reviews/tracing-the-horse/ (Review published in The Colorado Review, July 2020) In her strong, debut poetry collection, Tracing the Horse, Diana Marie Delgado comes to terms with cultural forces that limit her, especially those of machismo—as in “Songs of Escape” where “Men are the only islands / I’ve ever lived on. / I’ll never get away.” Delgado,… Continue reading Review of Diana Marie Delgado’s “Tracing the Horse”

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… Continue reading Review of Ashley Toliver’s “Spectra”

Review of Anna Maria Hong’s “Age of Glass”

https://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/reviews/age-of-glass/ (Review published in Colorado Review, May 2019) The speaker in “A Parable” concludes, “It was our time to savage.” Thus begins Anna Maria Hong’s vision in her first poetry collection, Age of Glass, where a fierce and uncompromising feminine voice asserts and empowers itself, notably in a literary landscape that has been dominated by… Continue reading Review of Anna Maria Hong’s “Age of Glass”

Review of Josephine Yu’s “Prayer Book of the Anxious”

Prayer Book of the Anxious (Review published in New Orleans Review, October 2018) In the middle of Josephine Yu’s Prayer Book of the Anxious, the speaker in “Prayer to Saint Joseph: For the Restless” pleads for this patron saint not to lead us away “when unease thickens like lime calcifying // in the porcelain basins… Continue reading Review of Josephine Yu’s “Prayer Book of the Anxious”

Review of Camille Rankine’s “Incorrect Merciful Impulses”

Book Review: Incorrect Merciful Impulses by 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… Continue reading Review of Camille Rankine’s “Incorrect Merciful Impulses”