Recently Received and Recommended Books: Volume 15


The following list includes recent books of poetry or poetics recommended by Valparaiso Poetry Review.


Publishers are encouraged to send review copies of new poetry collections or volumes on poetics to the address below.  Reviewers interested in submitting a critical analysis of any of the following books for publication in Valparaiso Poetry Review are invited to e-mail their reviews to VPR@Valpo.Edu:


                                        Valparaiso Poetry Review
                                        Edward Byrne, Editor
                                        Department of English
                                        Valparaiso University
                                        Valparaiso, IN 46383




Alexander, Mike: Retro Grade, P&J Poetics

Allen, Gilbert: Catma, Measure Press

Alsop, Maureen: Mantic, Augury Books

Angel, Ralph: Your Moon, New Issues

Atkins, Cynthia: In the Event of Full Disclosure, CW Books

Atkinson, Jennifer: Canticle of the Night Path, Parlor Press

Awoonor, Kofi: The Promise of Hope, University of Nebraska Press

Bargen, Walter: Behind Glass Doors, BkMk Press

Bathanti, Joseph: Concertina, Mercer University Press

Bierds, Linda: Roger's Illusion, Putnam

Bly, Robert: Stealing Sugar from the Castle: Selected and New Poems, 1950-2013, W.W. Norton

Bolin, Christopher: Ascension Theory, University of Iowa Press

Bondhus, Charlie: All the Heat We Could Carry, Main Street Rag Publishing Company

Burns, Cullen Bailey: Slip, Western Michigan University Press

Camp, Lauren: The Dailiness, Edwin E. Smith Publishing

Carter, Jared: Darkened Rooms of Summer, University of Nebraska Press

Catacalos, Rosemary: Again for the First Time, Wings Press

Cervantes, Lorna Dee: Suéno, Wings Press

Che, Cathy Linh: Split, Alice James Books

Cleary, Suzanne: Beauty Mark, BkMk Press

Cox, Elizabeth: I Have Told You and Told You, Mercer University Press

Dacey, Philip: Gimme Five, Blue Light Press

Dacus, Rachel: Gods of Water and Air, Aldrich Press

Daniels, Jim: Birth Marks, BOA Editions

Decillis, Diane: Strings Attached, Wayne State University Press

Dickman, Matthew: Mayakovsky's Revolver, W.W. Norton

Dunham, Rebecca: Glass Armonica, Milkweed Editions

Dunn, Stephen: Lines of Defense, W.W. Norton

Elbe, Susan: The Map of What Happened, Backwaters Press

Evans, David Allan: The Carnival, the Life, Settlement House

Fairchild, B.H.: The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems, W.W. Norton

Fitzgerald, Adam: The Late Parade, Liveright

Gachagua, Clifton: Madman at Kilifi, University of Nebraska Press

Giver, David: A Slow Education, Shabda Press

Greinke, Eric: For the Living Dead: New & Selected Poems, Presa Press

Groulx, David: Imagine Mercy, BookLand Press

Hanner, Michael: Vivaldi, Tebot Bach

Harper, Jennica: Wood, Anvil Press

Harris, Lizzie: Stop Wanting, Cleveland State University Press

Hazelton, Rebecca: Vow, Cleveland State University Press

Herschbach, Robert: Loose Weather, Washington Writers' Publishing House

Hirsch, Edward: A Poet's Glossary, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Honum, Chloe: The Tulip-Flame, Cleveland State University Press

Houchin, Ron: The Man Who Saws Us in Half, LSU Press

Houlihan, Joan: Ay, Tupelo Press

James, Clive: Nefertiti in the Flak Tower, Liveright

Jarrett, TJ: Ain't No Grave, Western Michigan University Press

Johnson, Meg: Inappropriate Sleepover, National Poetry Review Press

Khanna, Vandana: Afternoon Masala, University of Arkansas Press

Kimmelman, Burt: Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2013, BlazeVox Books

Kline, Peter: Deviants, Stephen F. Austin State University Press

Kondrich, Christopher: Contrapuntal, Parlor Press

Kotzin, Miriam N.: The Body's Bride, David Robert Books

Koulouris, Niki: The Sea with No One in It, Porcupine's Quill

Kubo, Mari: A Japanese Girl Speaks, Finishing Line Press

Kumin, Maxine: And Short the Season, W.W. Norton

Lang, Sarah: For Tamara, Anansi Press

Larkin, Joan: Blue Hanuman, Hanging Loose Press

Lee, David: Last Call, Wings Press

Lerman, Eleanor: Strange Life, Mayapple Press

Levi, Jan Heller: Orphan, Alice James Books

Levy, Kathryn: Reports, New Rivers Press

Lewis, Lesle: A Boot's a Boot, Cleveland State University Press

Lighthart, Annie: Iron String, Airlie Press

Linsker, Eric: La Far, University of Iowa Press

Lowenkron, Benjamin: Bone River, Ampersand Books

Mandel, Charlotte: Life Work, David Robert Books

Martens, Garth: Prologue for the Age of Consequence, Anansi Press

May, Jamaal: Hum, Alice James Books

McCadden, Kerrin: Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, New Issues

McCullough, Laura: Rigger Death & Hoist Another, Black Lawrence Press

McCullough, Laura, Ed.: The Room and the World: Essays on the Poet Stephen Dunn, Syracuse University Press

McFadyen-Ketchum, Andrew: Ghost Fear, University of Arkansas Press

Mead, Jane: Money Money Money | Water Water Water, Alice James Books

Mendoza, Celeste Guzman: Beneath the Halo, Wings Press

Mlekoday, Michael: The Dead Eat Every Thing, Kent State University Press

Moran, Daniel Thomas: A Shed of Wood, Salmon Poetry

Nelson, Kathy: Cattails, Main Street Rag

Nemser, Paul: Taurus, New American Press

Nepo, Mark: Reducd to Joy, Viva Editions

O'Dell, John: At Beauty's Pawnshop, Xlibris

Parker, Suzanne: Viral, Alice James Books

Passarella, Lee: Redemption, FutureCycle Press

Peary, Alexandria: Control Bird Alt Delete, University of Iowa Press

Perkins, James A.: Decembers, Mercer University Press

Peterson, Katie: Permission, Western Michigan University Press

Ping, Wang: Ten Thousand Waves, Wings Press

Pinsky, Robert: Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry, W.W. Norton

Rackin, Ethel: The Forever Notes, Parlor Press

Rifenburgh, Dan: Isthmus, Mutabilis Press

Root, William Pitt: Strange Angels, Wings Press

Rubin, Stan Sanvel: There. Here., Lost Horse Press

Saidi, Mo H: Between A and Z, Wings Press

Samaras, Nicholas: American Psalm, World Psalm, Ashland Poetry Press

Scafidi, Steve: To the Bramble and the Briar, University of Arkansas Press

Schelling, Andrew, Ed.: Love and the Turning Seasons: India's Poetry of Spiritual & Erotic Longing, Counterpoint Press

Schulman, Grace: Without a Claim, Mariner Books

Schultz, Philip: The Wherewithal, W.W. Norton

Schwartz, Howard: The Library of Dreams: New & Selected Poems 1965-2013, BkMk Press

Semmens, Aidan: The Book of Isaac, Parlor Press

Shorb, Michael: Whale Walker's Morning, Shabda Press

Slaight, Marie: The Antigone Poems, Altaire Production and Publication

Soldofsky, Alan: In the Buddha Factory, Truman State University Press

Sousa, Sarah: Church of Needles, Red Mountain Press

Stenson, Leah & Asao Sarukawa Aroldi, Eds.: Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out, Inkwater Press

Stern, Gerald: In a Beauty Bright, W.W. Norton

Suzara, Aimee: Souvenir, WordTech Editions

Swanson, Eleanor: Memory's Rooms, Conundrum Press

Sze-Lorrain, Fiona: My Funeral Gondola, Manoa Books

Taylor, Jo Barbara: High Ground, Main Street Rag

Thompson, Lynne: Start with a Small Guitar, What Books Press

Turza, Anne-Marie: The Quiet, Anansi Press

Venezio, Sharon: The Silence of Doorways, Moon Tide Press

Violi, Paul: The Tame Magpie, Hanging Loose Press

Wagner, Shari: The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana, Bottom Dog Press

Waltz, William D.: Adventures in the Lost Interiors of America, Cleveland State University Press

Williams, John Silbey: Controlled Hallucinations, Future Cycle Press

Williams, Lisa: Gazelle in the House, New Issues

Willis, Dawn Diez: Still Life with Judas & Lightning, Airlie Press

Winter, Max: Walking Among Them, Subpress

Wright, Kirby: The Widow from Lake Bled, Moon Pie Press

Xu, Wendy: You Are Not Dead, Cleveland State University Press

Young, Katherine E.: Day of the Border Guards, University of Arkansas Press