Heirlooms are book reviews of works that have played an important role in the environmental movement or have otherwise contributed to the literature of environmental consciousness.
Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2017
Reviewed by RAY HUDSON
This is a mastery I have to trust. This is poetry at its most powerful; that is to say, at its most subversive. Images and lines and music all combine to transform me even as they carry me from beginning to end in one deft movement. I accept what the poem says unconditionally whether or not, on reflection, I buy into the philosophical theories at its core.
Riverhead Books, 2017
Reviewed by SIERRA DICKEY
As you acclimate to the narrator’s consciousness, you’ll realize that some things are obviated so that other things can sing. All of Bennett’s true focal points are microscopic (the plastic cook nobs on her stove, the way fruit sits in a ceramic bowl, the party guests in spatial relation to the chaise lounge, the sounds of frogs in rain).
Homebound Publications, 2017
Reviewed by TIM WEED
A keen and patient observer of the New England landscape, Cummings beckons us into her poems with images so transfixing that they’re impossible not to visualize.
Michigan State University Press, 2016
Reviewed by JAMES CREWS
Gratitude and wonder radiate from each of Davis's poems, rendering them sacraments for readers lucky and openhearted enough to receive them. Surely Winterkill will solidify Davis's reputation as one of our most fearless, attentive chroniclers of the natural world, which he shows, over and over, must also include humans.