This Week, I Read Preston Smith: Red Rover, Red Lover

Image Credit: Duncan Kidd via Unsplash “You & I—precarious pronouns/that I will never tire of using,” the speaker says in Preston Smith’s chapbook, Red Rover, Red Lover. This book is packed with dreamy, enchanting love poems with the perfect dash of mythology. In the poem, “A God of Oracles and Light,” the speaker says: “I…

This Week, I Read Jason Crawford: Summertime Fine

Image Credit: Brooke Lark via Unsplash “I learned how to say my father’s name from his mother,” the speaker says in Jason Crawford’s new chapbook of poetry, Summertime Fine. “She held the R in the pit of her jaw like a neck bone BeRnard and if that don’t speak love into the frying pan, then…

This Week, I Read Vanessa Maki: the chosen one

Image credit: Sharon McCutcheon via Unsplash “once i took my first breath/i should have been told/’welcome to the hellmouth.’” So begins Vanessa Maki’s chapbook of Buffy the Vampire Slayer-themed poems, the chosen one. Equal parts homage to the show, and confessional poems, the book seamlessly weaves references to the show with Maki’s own experiences and…