Favorite Books

These titles might not be on the New York Times Best Sellers list… but they should be! Here’s a roundup of favorite books I’ve read recently.

  • Review: In and Out of Rough Water
    Jayne Marek’s In and Out of Rough Water is a moving and profound collection that transforms the wilderness into a meditation on the human condition. A western prairie morphs into dry pages of a newspaper, trees in winter describe a... Read more »
  • Review: Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine
    How could I resist a poetry collection titled Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine? Even the table of contents is a joy to read. Included are: * “Pantoum for Mata Hari” * “Lady Godiva Reminisces” * “Before Her Round-the-World Flight Amelia Visits With a... Read more »
  • Review: Light to Light
    I’ve always enjoyed the minimalist precision of Kate McNairy’s poems, but something really special happens when twenty-six are arranged in a sequence. Each poem, marvelous in itself, takes on added wonder as it “speaks” to the other poems in the... Read more »
  • Review: Ambushing Water
    In this short collection, I encountered gasp after gasp of discoveries. The images are strange and precise, surreal and darkly comical. – An elderly breast slips to the floor and travels to her husband. – A widower eats his dead wife’s ashes... Read more »
  • Review: Things Seen
    Things Seen is a must-have collection for lovers of ekphrastic poetry. The opening section has fourteen poems that invite fresh ways of seeing art by Andrew Wyeth, Paul Gauguin, Salvador Dali, Edward Gorey, and others. Another section contemplates the brooding... Read more »