Wayde Compton’s 1999 poetry collection 49th Parallel Psalm, from Arsenal Pulp Press’s Advanced Editions, reprinted in 2005, is a mystical, comprehensive hundred and seventy-five-page poetic response to a hundred and fifty years of recent black migration from San Francisco to British Columbia.
In this review, Cynthia Sharp revisits Rita Wong and Fred Wah’s 2018 collaboration “beholden: a poem as long as the river” which explores the ecology of the Columbia River, which has had fourteen dams intercept it, through a lens of respect.
Ru. In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow--of tears, blood, money. Kim Thúy's Ru is literature at its most crystalline: the flow of a life on the tides of unrest and on to more peaceful waters.
As we stay isolated for the tail end of the pandemic and prepare to tackle climate change with everything in us, Taylor’s body of work, particularly The News, is a source of solace.
As both a poet and a screenwriter/playwright, I’m fascinated by hybrid art, by the overlap of language between mediums, in particular, scripts crafted poetically. Beasts of the Southern Wild is a memorable one, narrated with the wonder of a six-year-old girl in dialogue she delivers in verse, spoken word enhanced with visuals.
Franci Louann’s Argentina Poesia (Ekstasis Editions, 2020) blossoms with delightful poemoirs, a term she coins to define her unique blend of travel memoir and poetry.
Ashok Bhargava is a poet who strives to live peacefully in all his interactions, with self, others the divine and his struggle through cancer. Riding Alone chronicles that journey.
I’ve been a fan of Fern G. Z. Carr’s work for years, whether it’s orbiting Mars or in literary journals through the globe. Now to have a whole melodic book of hers to curl up with by the fire under blankets and starlight is a rare quarantine treat.
Written by guest poster Cynthia Sharp, this review of Jude Neale's A Blooming, from Ekstasis Editions, 2019, was first published in Canadian Poetry Review. It is reproduced here with the author's kind permission.