on Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar’s debut poetry collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is about the essential consequences of incarnation, is a sensory catalog of wounds and wonders, vices and pleasures. His poems—fragmented, plaintive, at points frantic—are occupied with what it means …

David Nilsen, a writer and former librarian living in Ohio. He is a National Book Critics Circle member, and his writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The Millions, Rain Taxi, Open Letters Monthly, the National Book Critics Circle Critical Mass blog, and many other publications. Outside the literary world, he is a professional beer writer and educator and Certified Cicerone. He lives with his wife, daughter, and a very irritable cat.

on June in Eden by Rosalie Moffett

Poets have been lamenting the recalcitrance of language at least since Byron’s Childe Harold complained in the early nineteenth century that he had not found “words which are things.” Approaching the midpoint of the twentieth, T. S. Eliot observed in …

Catherine Rogers teaches English at Savannah State University. Her work has appeared in Kalliope: A Journal of Women’s Art, Paideuma, and Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, as well as in the online journals Autumn Sky Poetry and Touch: The Journal of Healing. She cherishes happy memories of having been the very first graduate editorial assistant of The Georgia Review.

Pattern and Design

What gives a poem with political content its force? How does a poet use lyrical tools—in a book-length narrative—to critique powerful institutions when those very institutions seem too large and unwieldy to describe? In their new poetry collections, two contemporary …

Robin Becker’s new book of poems, The Black Bear Inside Me (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), appears in the Pitt Poetry Series. Her previous books with Pitt include Tiger Heron (2014), Domain of Perfect Affection (2006), All-American Girl (1996), The Horse Fair (2000), and Giacometti’s Dog (1990). Recent poems have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker. The Liberal Arts Research Professor Emeritus of English and Women’s Studies at Penn State, Becker serves as contributing and poetry editor for the Women’s Review of Books.

on Big Thicket Blues by Natalie Giarratano

Katherine Hoerth is the author of five poetry books, including The Lost Chronicles of Slue Foot Sue (Angelina Press, 2017) and Goddess Wears Cowboy Boots, which won the 2015 Helen C. Smith Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters. She is an assistant professor of English at Lamar University and is editor-in-chief of Lamar University Literary Press. Her poetry and reviews have been published in journals such as Pleiades, Tupelo Quarterly, and Southwestern American Literature.

on Bestiary by Donika Kelly

To say anything about Donika Kelly’s gorgeous debut poetry collection Bestiary is difficult. The book takes its title from illustrated volumes made popular in the Middle Ages that categorize real and imaginary animals. In classical bestiaries—which often fasten each …

Claire Schwartz is the author of bound (Button Poetry, 2018). Her poetry has appeared in ApogeeBennington Review, the Massachusetts Review, and Prairie Schooner, and her essays, reviews, and interviews in the Iowa ReviewLos Angeles Review of BooksVirginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. 

on Certain Relevant Passages by Joe Manning

Mike Good’s recent writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Sugar House Review, Salamander, Forklift, OH, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Hollins University, helps edit the After Happy Hour Review, and lives in Pittsburgh, where he works as a grant writer.

on 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers, edited by Valerie Lawson

Ellen Sander, a New York rock journalist and author of Trips: Rock Life in the Sixties (1973), was the poet laureate of Belfast, Maine, in 2013 and 2014. Her short collection, Hawthorne, a House in Bolinas, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017, and her poetry has been published in journals including the Maine Review, Oculus Vox, Fredericksberg Literary and Art Review, and the American Journal of Poetry.

Seeking Refuge

When the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up onto the shore of Bodrum, Turkey, in September 2015, the photograph of him went viral, sending a shockwave through a part of the world that, until then, had largely ignored the …

Anjali Enjeti serves as vice president of the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has most recently appeared in Newsday, The Nation, the Atlanta Journal–Constitution, and elsewhere. She teaches creative nonfiction in the MFA program at Reinhardt University, and her own debut book, a collection of essays about identity, is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press.

Anonymous Relatives in the Aluminum Garden

In 1913, Americans found their first use for aluminum foil: creating identification leg bands for valuable racing and messenger pigeons. Later, when those same birds had bred freely to become an urban nuisance, people realized they could scare them away …

Toshihiko Mitsuya (b. 1979) lives and works in Germany and Japan. He is a 2004 graduate of the Seian University of Art and Design in Otsu, Japan, and his installations and sculptures have shown at numerous venues, including the Sexauer Gallery in Berlin; the Historic Castle Lieberose in Spreewald, Germany; the HUMO Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland; and the Takasaki City Gallery in Gunma, Japan.