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Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück

($23 FSG)

… I was constantly
face-to-face with blankness, that
stepchild of the sublime,

which, it turns out,
has been both my subject and my medium.
(from “Afterword”)

Louise Glück’s latest book is a masterful meditation on existence and death, on the passage of all things — topics as old as any in …

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Saint Friend by Carl Adamshick

($20 McSweeney’s)

If a collection of poetry at its best can at once be a confession, an elegy, a history, a love lyric, penned in the two-hearted language of retrospect, Saint Friend is such an achievement. This book speaks with a foreign tongue requiring no translation. It …

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Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary by Harryette Mullen

($15 Graywolf Press)

Known primarily for the Steinian language poetry of Trimmings and S*PeRM**K*T and for her syntactically, semantically experimental Sleeping with the Dictionary, Harryette Mullen here departs into “capturing in concise form the ephemera of everyday life” by way of adapted traditional Japanese verse. Some simply observational, …

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