This Week’s Reviews

Written in Exile: The Poetry of Liu Tsung-yua
Liu Tsung-yuan, trans. Red Pine | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595622 | September 2019
“An impressively executed curation of literature in translation.”—Reading In Translation

And the Bride Closed the Door
Ronit Matalon, trans. Jessica Cohen | New Vessel Press | 9781939931757 | October 2019
“We should be grateful that New Vessel Press has just brought out Jessica Cohen’s stunning translation of Matalon’s final work, an outrageously funny, perplexing and perhaps universal story.”—Moment Magazine

Dakwäkãda Warriors
Cole Pauls | Conundrum Press | 9781772620412 | October 2019
“A masterful first major work from this comics creator.”—Vault of Culture

If Venice Dies
Salvatore Settis, trans. André Naffis-Sahely | New Vessel Press | 9781939931375 | September 2016
“An eye-opening read about cities and the causes of their demise.”—Monocle

Spiritual Rebel
Sarah Bowen | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626040 | June 2019
“I believe that I will be finding ways to incorporate offerings in it for years to come.”—Pagan Pages

Space Struck
Paige Lewis | Sarabande Books | 9781946448446 | October 2019
“Paige Lewis’s debut collection is a surrealist delight, a journey that never really ends, and is the kind of collection you find something new to haunt you every time you return to it—from the perfectly executed, individual poems, to a collected set that has been designed and structured so elegantly as to lead you through a true story in a way few collections manage. Congratulations to Lewis on this triumph of a collection; it was a true pleasure to read.”—The Adroit Journal
“Lewis writes with the immediacy and tenderness of Ilya Kaminsky, the wit and sharpness of Franny Choi, the technicality and precision of Sylvia Plath. The blend is, at times, stupefyingly brilliant.”—The Poetry Question
“In this collection Paige Lewis explores everyday phenomena with a sense of magic on a cosmic scale, creating a universe full of tenderness, anxiety, [and] awe.”—#TeachLivingPoets

We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan
Lou Sullivan, edit. Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma | Nightboat Books | 9781643620176 | September 2019
“This Trans Day of Remembrance, if you’re in need of a little joy, a little reconnection with life, a little reminder of how we can fight for our own happiness, this is a volume to pick up. Leave despair behind for a few hours, and read about someone who, against all odds and with no help from anyone, became the purest, finest version of himself.”—The Pride

Odes to Lithium
Shira Erlichman | Alice James Books | 9781948579032 | September 2019
“It is a collection that deserves space in conversations about both craft and healing. This book is, quite simply, indispensable.”—The Poetry Question

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