Alexis Rhone Fancher’s Erotic: New & Selected, Reviewed by Ann Wehrman

Alexis Rhone Fancher Erotic: New & Selected NYQ Books Reviewer: Ann Wehrman Erotic: New & Selected showcases eighty poems by Alexis Rhone Fancher, accompanied by her original photography. Reflecting on erotic experiences as an adult and reaching back into girlhood, the narrative and prose poems chronicle passionate encounters and relationships in vignettes that sizzle with […]

Lynn Levin’s The Minor Virtues, Reviewed by Ann Wehrman

Lynn Levin The Minor Virtues Ragged Sky Press Reviewer: Ann Wehrman Crafted with lyrical rhythm and internal rhyme, Lynn Levin’s poems in The Minor Virtues sing of hope, faith, goodness, and humility. The speaker’s tone remains steady: calm, philosophical, and sometimes whimsical. The poems are never kitschy; language and style are always refined, light, and […]

Jen Karetnick’s The Burning Where Breath Used to Be, Reviewed by Ann Wehrman

Jen Karetnick The Burning Where Breath Used to Be David Robert Books Reviewer: Ann Wehrman In her 2020 collection, The Burning Where Breath Used to Be, Jen Karetnick escorts the reader through inner and outer worlds, personal and public. Writing with deep perception, irony, wit, compassion, and righteous fire, Karetnick spins a web of brilliant, […]

Barbara Novack’s Dancing on the Rim of Light, Reviewed by Ann Wehrman

Barbara Novack Dancing on the Rim of Light Blue Light Press Reviewer: Ann Wehrman In Dancing on the Rim of Light, Barbara Novack captures and challenges her readers with seemingly modest poetry that reveals unexpected depth and meaning. Using down-to-earth language, readily accessible images, and references from daily life, Novack wields fearless, abstract poems that […]

Tim Suermondt’s Josephine Baker Swimming Pool, Reviewed by Ann Wehrman

Tim Suermondt Josephine Baker Swimming Pool MadHat Press Reviewer: Ann Wehrman Although much of North America still struggles with forbidding cold and ice-bound sidewalks, on the West Coast, where this review is being written, spring arrived in February this year. Ridiculously early, flowers budded, ornamental trees filled the air with white blossoms like confetti, and […]