Poetry Roundup #1: January – June 2019

Such a joy to see the works of Nickole Brown and Ron Mohring highlighted like this. Be sure to read the beautiful punch in the gut that is the sample poem from Ron’s book!

South Dublin Reads

I read a lot of poetry and because of this I don’t review as much as I should, so I thought I’d do a little poetry round-up (Jan – Jun 19) of books I recommend, and books I recommend you avoid. It should go almost without saying that these were merely books I read during these months, and not necessarily new releases –


Public Property by Andrew Motion
Illumniate by Kerrie O’Brien
The Resignation by Lonely Christopher
Lavenderblack by Adam Lowe
Best American Poetry 2018, ed. David Lehman
Junk by Tommy Pico
Big Pink Umbrella by Susan Millar DuMars
The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems by Billy Collins

The problem with writing reviews for poetry collections you didn’t like, or sometimes occasionally even hated, comes down to a few things. Firstly, like all poetry, it could be…

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