Hard Books (on Jack Gilbert’s The Dance Most of All; April Bernard’s Romanticism; W. S. Merwin’s The Shadow of Sirius; Jim Harrison’s In Search of Small Gods; Nina Cassian’s Continuum; D. Nurkse’s The Border Kingdom: Poems; and Lucia Perillo’s Inseminating the Elephant)

Jeff Gundy’s seven books of poems include Abandoned Homeland (Bottom Dog, 2015) and Somewhere Near Defiance (Anhinga, 2014); he was named Ohio Poet of the Year for the latter. His most recent prose book is Songs from an Empty Cage: Poetry, Mystery, Anabaptism, and Peace (Cascadia, 2013). His essays and poems can be found in the Sun, Kenyon Review, Forklift, OhioChristian Century, Image, Cincinnati Review, Terrain, and many other journals—including GR. A 2008 Fulbright lecturer at the University of Salzburg, Gundy teaches at Bluffton University in Ohio.