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,”

Kevin Killian

The poems of The Islands, Sakkis' longest and most complete version of his poetics, are by turns a complex and miraculously fluid set of lyrics, with narrative buried in them, sometimes deep under strata of time, sometimes in the shallowest of cuts, so that a child might run his fingers through the sand and pick up a star.

Jacolby Satterwhite for The New York Times

Andrew Durbin’s “Mature Themes” uses and interchanges the forms of poetry, essay, prose, etc. so spatially until I begin to interpret the book as sculpture. Artistically, I identify with Andrew’s impulse to gymnastically synthesize a concrete narrative with disparate and difficult unrelated processes.

Publishers Weekly

Borzutzky (The Book of Interfering Bodies) turns an insomniac’s eye toward the forces and wastes of late capitalism, in a third collection that is corporeal, terrifying, discerning, and utterly—rapturously—insane. But unlike the familiar tropes of the sage fool or the tortured artist, the radical instability that charges Borzutzky’s poems is found in the maniacal outpouring of language sprung from a world of excess and decay.

New Pages

by Patrick Dunagan

Throughout John Sakkis's The Islands, a polyvocal weave of declarative refrains sound out in dizzying display.


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