February 13, 2024

The Ambulatorium

In his poetry collection, The Ambulatorium, Zak Mucha examines the arbitrariness of meaning and more.

“Each of us determines the links between events/ and God moves on the water like coincidence,” he tells readers in one piece. We cannot know the thing itself because, as he indicates in another, “Once we really see something/ we […]

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February 13, 2024

We Will Never Forget

We Will Never Forget, an illustrated poem, highlights the ravages of war, especially its effects on the land and those caught in the crossfire.

In a poem focusing on the damage done by war presumably in the Ukraine, although the country is only specified once (“Ten thousand Ukrainian women/ Defend the front lines”), author Gennie […]

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December 18, 2023

infinite times more

infinite times more by nyrd is a rollicking collection of hip-hop-influenced poems of passion, anguish, and resilience. While mental health struggles stalk the narrator, she never gives up on authenticity, self-expression, and the pursuit of love.

nyrd’s use of surprising and vivid imagery along with her fresh rhymes keep the reader’s attention and sympathies from […]

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November 27, 2023

Moving Forward Through His Love and Grace

In this poetry collection, Joan E. Gettry shares her insights, thoughts, affirmations, aspirations, and reveries on many of life’s sorrows and joys—all bound together by her deep devotion to God.

Gettry senses the mystery of God’s hand at work, writing in “God’s Plans for All of Us”: “God sets in motion for all of us/ […]

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November 7, 2023

Ballooning in Stars

Matthew Edward Schatmeyer’s new book, Ballooning in Stars, is a collection of poems that are consistently gentle and introspective.

Schatmeyer’s voice is quiet, calm and steady, as in “Chrysalis,” where he employs the familiar notion of growth and change as imaged in the metamorphosis of a caterpillar: “Butterflies/ change themselves./ They crawl to nibble leaves./ […]

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October 10, 2023

Donna My Reason

Dennis Wright’s poetry collection, Donna My Reason, offers works largely written about or inspired by the author’s wife, Donna.

In his introduction, Wright explains his conceit: “This book that you hold in your hand is a tribute to one of creations [sic] finest masterpieces; [sic] my wife, my life, my Donna.”

The collection offers nearly […]

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October 10, 2023

Northwest Poems: Humors and Moving

Northwest Poems follows a loose progression from playful nature poems through meta-poems about the challenges of writing poetry and a series of longer narrative pieces about the history of war, the widespread oppression humans inflict on each other and more.

The collection is comprised of free-verse poems arranged in six sections. The early poems are […]

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October 10, 2023

At the River

M.A. Hastings’ poetry collection At the River offers a wide range of topics, including poems about Alex Trebek, mass shootings, pickleball, the COVID-19 pandemic, God, abuse, hot flashes, and racism.

The book is comprised of rhyming poems, a form that’s appropriate in some instances, such as her piece about Jeopardy’s Trebek: “Among the ladies/ there […]

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September 27, 2023

Bare Witness: Collected Works

The poems making up the lengthy collection Bare Witness were written over the course of 50 years, according to author Joseph Small, who describes them as “poems of life and love, anger and hope, humor and passing.” The pieces are ordered by theme, rather than chronologically, in sections titled “Love,” “Awareness,” “Anger,” “Hope,” “Fanciful,” “Homage,” […]

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