"Condensing a war, an outbreak, an apocalyptic flourishing of the sky, and a girl’s coming of age evolution into the length of a novella....Leaving us in a state of exploded-open Ruination, Shinkle slyly invites us to pick up the pieces, to reassemble ourselves anew."
Abby Hagler reviews Selah Saterstrom's brilliant Ideal Suggestions: Essays In Divinatory Poetics (Essay Press, 2017): "A book dedicated to not only showing the link between the diviner and the writer, but also to helping a reader recognize the diviner within."
"Babbitt transmutes the language he was offered through Catholicism into the language of his readings of margins, and in turn, marginalia: the strophe of the book is transmuted into centerpiece: apostrophe. What else but alchemy or poetry could do that?"
"[H]ybrid coat of feathers and fur ... bathed in punk rock, metal, old skate ramps, and the gym shower, as well as the toxic landscape of memory that is both lichen-drenched and cut with light. Night terrors shimmer off the page with each long line, each breath, each shift in the wet dirt." -- Evan Gray on Kids of the Black Hole by Marty Cain.
"Captivates with its joie de vivre ... hinges on a carnivalesque lens through which the poet filters the body and its boundless passions. The corporeal enters the poem like a string quartet: bladder, teeth, asshole, knees, all playing their minor fugues, erotic and elemental...."