Review of Where Outside the Body Is the Soul Today by Melissa Kwasny

Posted on September 4, 2019

University of Washington Press, hardback, 96 pages, $19.95 Reviewed by Tami Haaland Inspired by Christopher Howell’s ecstatic poem “Another Letter to the Soul,” Melissa Kwasny’s Where Outside the Body Is the Soul Today is a careful examination of the self, the natural world, the spirit and soul woven through with an awareness of language and […]

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Review of What Does Not Return by Tami Haaland

Posted on September 4, 2019

Lost Horse Press, Paperback, 78 pages. $18.00. Reviewed by Melissa Kwasny Poetry has been described as the art of speaking the unspeakable. In some cases, the unspeakable is that which seems almost too horrific to put into words. Sometimes it is that the state of being is too nuanced, the feeling too fleeting, the insight […]

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A Review of The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement by Diane Lockward

Posted on October 18, 2017

Wind Books, 2016 by Tami Haaland In her well-known poem, “Come into Animal Presence,” Denise Levertov invites readers to feel the “joy” and privilege of “animal presence.” I wonder if Diane Lockward had Levertov in mind as she developed The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement, where both domesticated and wild animals play a significant role. According […]

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