by Laura Wetherington

Nevada Days – Bernardo Atxaga

NEVADA DAYS doesn’t match up to plot-driven works of fiction — despite its sub-plot of sexual assault and murder — because that’s not the kind of fiction Atxaga has written.

Anne Kawala

I was a bit sad because visual poets make beautiful images but they don’t say anything and sound poets make very beautiful sounds but we can’t read them. So why is visual poetry not a score for sound poetry?

The Eligible Age – Berta García Faet

Comprised of mostly declarative sentences verging on aphorism, THE ELIGIBLE AGE as a whole reads like a tractate.

Anemal Uter Meck – Mg Roberts

The book foregrounds its seams because this book is also about its own making.

Goddess of Democracy: an Occupy Lyric – Henry Wei Leung

Through witnessing the movement as an outsider while reflecting on his complex position, Leung creates a rich, dynamic inquiry into our responsibility to one another.

Black Moses – Alain Mabanckou

The writing shows such a singular view of the world through an adolescent’s — then young man’s — then madman’s — eyes.