Judith Goldman for Drunken Boat

It is uncanny—or is it?—the (pre)occupation with suicide that haunts Jill Magi’s remarkable LABOR.

CASA Magazine

Klein to Beckett to Spacks: Double Play! by Richard Jarrette for CASA Magazine

The Boston Review

In Bhanu Kapil’s Ban en Banlieue, place and its particular violences are memorialized in the body. The book considers Ban, a fictional girl from Kapil’s hometown in London’s suburbs and the protagonist of a novel Kapil began but never completed. Ban, who lies down to die in a race riot in 1979—an act repeated throughout the book she inhabits—is at once a single body, the absence of a body, and the presence of trauma in many bodies.

Washington Independent Review of Books

There’s a suppressed passion in these events, as if the writer wants the perfect warm environment to finally speak and he pays attention every moment to find this. At the same time he’s capable of celebrating the physical properties of a cerebral world. Katz is a “today” poet and has inherited admirers of Frank O’Hara’s fame — so the work comes from a long and rich New York history. Turning language until it’s right never lets us down, as we see in “Sidewalk Poem,”

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