The Cold War
Kathleen Ossip (Sarabande)
Essayistic poems and poetic essays come together in this collection, which takes stock of dire political and personal situations in the age of information overload.
Life on Mars
Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf)
Riffing on David Bowie, Smith's poems keep waking up into a world not their own that's also home.
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Bruce Smith (Univ. of Chicago)
Everywhere he looks in these powerful, extemporaneous poems, Smith finds, if not God, something holy in the most profane sense of the word.