poetry & plays

poetry & plays
Poetry & plays to be read. Photo credit: Karen Kao

Poetry and plays are, alas, the neglected child in my family of book reviews. As a former poet, I read plenty of poems back in the day. But I find as both a writer and a reader, my tastes have skewed toward prose.

As for plays, I must admit that reading is an entirely different experience than sitting in a darkened theater and giving yourself over to the action on stage.

So I’ve only a handful of reviews for you and there’s not that much more in my to-be-read pile. More soon!


The Piano Teacher: Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang

Sacrificial Acts: Three Tragedies: Antigone, Oedipus the King & Electra by Sophocles, translator H.D.F. Kitto


Mini-review: Float by Anne Carson

Myth & Meth: When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Díaz

For rubbish money: For Work / For TV by Fee Griffin

Love Poems: American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes

Book of Spells: HoodWitch by Faylita Hicks

Science: Gathering Evidence by Caoilinn Hughes

A Diluted Child: Mongrel Tongue by Megin Jiménez

Writing on the Walls: Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island, translated by Jeffrey Thomas Leong

Three Poets: Signs & Wonders by Charles Martin, After the Lost War by Andrew Hudgins, Ghosts of Old Virginny by Milla van der Have

Dialect: Dialect of Distant Harbors by Dipika Mukherjee

Suppose: Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Lost & Found: [IT] Incandescent by Amy Pence

Poetry in Motion: Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Mini-review: frank: sonnets by Diane Seuss

Flytrap: The World Doesn’t End: Prose Poems by Charles Simic

Ocean: Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

Love, Laura: Parallel Resting Places by Laura Wetherington