Fourth Person Singular

Nuar Alsadir

Liverpool University Press ($19.95)


“Every group has its emperor.”  Yes, we here in the U.S. know this all too well.  But thanks.




American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement

Ed. Michael Dowdy and Claudia Rankine

Wesleyan ($29.95)


What Lindsey Graham reads at night to cure his downright frightful insomnia.




The Cloud of Knowable Things

Elaine Equi

Coffee House Press ($15.00)


“O there is always a fly / in the petitfours,” just as there’s always a maggot in every living breathing poem.




The Ghosts of Monticello: A Recitatif

Carmen Gillespie

Stillhouse Press ($17.00)


The perfect gift for all your white nationalist friends.





David Hinton

Shambhala (16.95)


Plot summary: In the desert David Hinton reads a deserted book by David Hinton called Desert in which deserted David Hinton reads a desert book by desert-written David Hinton.




The Night’s Magician: Poems About the Moon

Ed. Philip C. Kolin and Sue Brannan Walker

Negative Capability Press ($25.95)


As Frank Sinatra once sang, “O moony moo moo moon.”




Kindest Regards: New and Selected

Ted Kooser

Copper Canyon ($30.00)


“Corn-fed poems,” said a Kooser critic of his poetry.  That’s so unfair.  They were also tenderly fed soybeans, wheat, barley, oats, and even sorghum.




Dreaming America: Voices of Undocumented Youth in Maximum-Security Detention

Ed. Seth Michelson

Settlement House ($16.00)


Further evidence to confirm your suspicions—America is a penal colony guarded by androids.




The Collected Poems of Alden Nowlan

Alden Nowlan, ed. Brian Bartlett

Icehouse Poetry ($55.00)


682 pages!  Really?   The Canadians are obviously out to embarrass us with every poem this better-than-your-average-American-poet has ever written.  Build the northern wall!




Falling Awake

Alice Oswald

W.W.Norton ($15.95)


Side effects of falling awake include sudden vision loss in one or both eyes, a desire to write microreviews, and the unshakable feeling that the title of this book comes from a song by Jethro Tull.




Architecture of Dispersed Life: Selected Poetry

Pablo de Rokha

Tr. Urayoán Noel

Shearsman Books ($23.00)


The gun that de Rokha used, in 1968, to take his own life, a Smith & Wesson .44 revolver, was a gift from the Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros.  Some say that gun was given to Siqueiros by Pablo Neruda, de Rokha’s eternal enemy.




America, We Call Your Name: Poems of Resistance & Resilience

Ed. Silverstein, Fleming, Knight, Miller, Wager, and Wickes

Sixteen Rivers Press ($20.00)


We now have enough Resistance poems to fill every room in the Trump Tower.




Octagon Commonweal

Michael Sweeney

Spuyten Duyvil ($15.00)


If Sweeney wishes Americans to read this book, or any poetry for that matter, he will have to climb into the Poetry Octagon with Jorie Graham and ejaculate a line from his book after each of her kicks or blows.




Monuments: Poems New and Selected

Natasha Trethewey

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ($26.00)


Mississippi the only monument deserving of Mississippi.



Noontimes Won

Tristan Tzara, tr. Heather Green

Octopus Books ($14.95)


But is the title “Noontimes Won”?  Or “Meridian Spread”?  Or “Lunchtime Earned”?  Or “To Grow Midday”?  Or “Gaining on Your Lower Regions”?  Or “O Moony Moo Moo Moon.”




Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

Alice Walker

Atria ($25.00)


Walker is a recent winner (along with Linh Dinh) of the David Duke Award for Nationalist Poetical Arts.





The Collected Stories of Diane Williams

Diane Williams

Soho ($28.00)


Not quite stories.  Not quite poetry.  But who will tell the author?  Who will climb in the Indeterminant Poetry Octagon and face Diane “Bonecrusher” Williams?