Category Archives: Review

Shaping a life in verse: Review of Harrisburg poet Jack Veasey’s ‘Shapely: Selected Formal Poems’

When Jack Veasey sent me a press kit and copy of his recently published selected poems late last fall, my first thought was, how do I review one of the most iconic veteran poets in this region? Then: how do … Continue reading

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Review of ‘Our Rarer Monsters’ by York’s Noel Sloboda

“Our Rarer Monsters” is one of those books I’ve picked up and flipped through many times, reading a poem here and there, before I actually read it chronologically, cover to cover. Some books you can do that with, and some … Continue reading

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Review of Beth Weaver-Kreider’s ‘The Song of the Toad and the Mockingbird’

Sometimes it takes me a little while to write a review, and it has nothing to do with how much I did or didn’t enjoy the book. Sometimes, we read things that make us want to slow down a little, … Continue reading

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More from Melissa Carl: A review of Brutal Allure, her second book of poetry

We’ve seen and read what York poet and educator Melissa Carl can produce under the parameters of form (found poetry) and the constraints of time (a daily writing challenge). But since wrapping up my coverage of her participation in Pulitzer … Continue reading

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The natural world of York native Steve Ausherman’s ‘Creek Bed Blue,’ a chapbook of poems

“Pull me down into the stout mud of buried crayfish and broken clay pots” (p. 20), into the world recreated in the poetry of Steve Ausherman. And hurry, because this place is disappearing. The aim of Ausherman’s chapbook, “Creek Bed … Continue reading

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Interview: Baltimore poet and Publishing Genius editor Adam Robinson

  I’ve only been to one, but I can definitely say: an Adam Robinson reading is not a typical reading. The audience is alert, I promise you, because Robinson has mastered the deliberate pause (even if he announces he’s going … Continue reading

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