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 sixth and seventh books of poems are Abandoned Homeland (Bottom Dog, 2015) and Somewhere Near Defiance (Anhinga Press, 2014); he was named 2015 Ohio Poet of the Year for the latter. His most recent work can be found in the Sun, Christian Century, North American Review, Slippery Elm, and Cincinnati Review. After a sabbatical teaching writing at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania, he is back at Bluffton University in Ohio.