Not Here, by Hieu Minh Nguyen

Not Here, by Hieu Minh Nguyen

Hieu Minh Nguyen’s second collection, Not Here, is a remarkable work of emotional generosity and alchemic poetic power, not only delving into trauma, isolation, and pain, but also demonstrating how such experiences may be transformed. The book holds more than...
Cenzontle by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Cenzontle by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Reviewer’s note: this review was originally written for The East Bay Review April 16, 2018. In his A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize–winning debut, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo conjures a lush, breathing landscape that permeates and encompasses the self, contrasting the...
Mann’s Contrarian Propriety

Mann’s Contrarian Propriety

As a poet, it’s hard to read Randall Mann’s Propriety without feeling a little anger at the author. I say this not because it’s a poor book of poems, but because it’s astonishingly good. So good, in fact, it’s my sad duty to somehow...