Three Reviews: Stephen Kampa, Bachelor Pad; Quincy R. Lehr, Heimat: A Poem; Joshua Mehigan, Accepting the Disaster
Stephen Kampa, Bachelor Pad
The Waywiser Press, 2014, ISBN 978-1-904130-58-1
104 pp., UK £8.99, paperback
Quincy R. Lehr, Heimat: A Poem
Barefoot Muse Press, 2014, ISBN 978-1-4996-3456-3
78 pp., USA $10.95, paperback
Joshua Mehigan, Accepting the Disaster
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014, ISBN 978-0-374-10098-8
96 pp., USA $23.00, hardcover
Who would have thought there’d be so much variety here?” one might ask (echoing Lady Macbeth, of course) after reading these three exhilaratingly different volumes of mainly formal poetry. Or, I guess one just can’t slap the categorical term “formal” poetry on all three of these books: they each use form in, thankfully, their own distinct ways, and the poets are as adept at writing free verse as they are at formal poems. The reader, however, might just come away from the three books, books strongly based in form, with some very different kinds of head shaking and some exuberant head nodding.
Joshua Mehigan’s Accepting the Disaster is the . . .
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