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Reviews, Paeans, Comment, & Other Essays
We are interested in rigorous reviews that assess a book for its contexts and methods, its merits or lacunae. We are not interested in publicity pieces that seek to praise without depth of engagement. No more than 2500 words.
We consider paeans to be essays that can blend memoir, reading experiences, experiences of place or circumstance, or other reflections that discuss what it’s like to be writing or reading in the world. Please send up to 5000 words.
Pieces considered to be a comment include discussion of a timely topic in poetics, or in the literary world. Comment can look like a long Twitter thread realized into an essay. These are not invitations to be underhanded or (needlessly) combative. As long as its exigence is clear, length is negotiable. Such comments can be published in sync with ongoing debate, not just as part of our biannual issues. Other comment might be akin to poetics statements, or appreciations of texts or authors (as distinct from reviews), for example.
If you have other literary essays that fall outside of these categories, query us.
In particular though not exclusively (i.e., if you don’t see a title listed, it doesn’t mean we aren’t interested!), we would be happy to consider reviews of the following titles:
Andrea Abi-Karam, Villainy. Nightboat Books (2021)
Andrea Actis, Grey All Over. Brick Books (2021)
Sara Ahmed, Complaint!. Duke UP (2021)
Will Alexander, The Combustion Cycle. Roof Books (2021)
Will Alexander, The Contortionist Whisper. Action Books (2022)
Will Alexander, Refractive Africa. New Direction (2021)
Aaron Angello, The Fact of Memory: 114 Ruminations and Fabrications. Rose Metal Press (2022)
Jessica Au, Cold Enough for Snow. New Directions (2022)
Ari Banias, A Symmetry: Poems. W. W. Norton & Company (2021)
Mark Baumer, The One on Earth: Selected Works of Mark Baumer. Fence (2021)
Caren Belin, Revenge of the Scapegoat. Dorothy: a publishing project (2022)
E.C. Belli, A Sleep That Is Not Our Sleep. Anhinga Press (2022)
Claire-Louise Bennett, Checkout 19. Jonathan Cape, Penguin UK (2021)
Susan Bernofsky, Clairvoyant of the Small: The Life of Robert Walser. Yale UP (2021)
Timothy Bewes, Free Indirect. Columbia UP (2022)
Gabriel Blackwell, Doom Town. Zerogram Press (2022)
Marianne Boruch, The Little Death of Self: Nine Essays toward Poetry. Poets on Poetry Series, University of Michigan Press (2020)
Daniel Borzutsky, Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018. Coffee House Press (2021)
Andrea Brady, Poetry and Bondage: A History and Theory of Lyric Constraint. Cambridge University Press (2021)
Laynie Browne, editor. A Forest on Many Stems: Essays on The Poet’s Novel. Nightboat Books (2021)
Laynie Browne, Translation of the Lilies Back into Lists. Wave Books (2022)
Amina Cain, A Horse At Night. Dorothy: a publishing project (2022)
Marty Cain, The Wound is (Not) Real. Trembling Pillow Press (2021)
Jen Calleja, Vehicle: a verse novel. Prototype Publishing (2022)
Mary Ann Caws, Mina Loy: Apology of Genius. University of Chicago Press (2022)
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Exilée and Temps Morts: Selected Works. University of California Press (2022)
Jos Charles, a Year & other poems. Milkweed Editions (2022)
최 Lindsay, Transverse. Futurepoem (2021)
Lucille Clifton, Generations: A Memoir. NYRB (2021)
Cody-Rose Clevidence, AUX ARC TRYPT ICH: Poppycock and Assphodel; Winter; A Night of Dark Trees. Nightboat Books (2021)
Joshua Clover, Roadrunner. Duke UP (2021)
Tameca Coleman, An Identity Polyptych. The Elephants (2021)
Arda Collins, Star Lake. The Song Cave (2022)
Brenda Coultas, The Writing of an Hour. Wesleyan UP (2022)
Brody Parrish Craig, Boyish. Omnidawn (2021)
E. E. Cummings, The Enormous Room (Centenary Edition). NYRB (2022)
Lucas de Lima, Tropical Sacrifice. Birds LLC (2021)
Helen DeWitt, The English Understand Wool. New Directions (2022)
Tove Ditlevsen, trans. Tiina Nunnally. The Copenhagen Trilogy. FSG Originals (2021)
Angel Dominguez, RoseSunWater. The Operating System (2021)
Isabel Duarte-Gray, Even Shorn. Sarabande Books (2021)
Anaïs Duplan, I Need Music. Action Books (2021)
Tiff Dressen, Of Mineral. Nightboat Books (2022)
Lucie Elven, The Weak Spot. Soft Skull (2021)
Rachel Eisendrath, Gallery of Clouds. NYRB (2021)
Hannah Emerson, The Kissing of Kissing. Milkweed Editions (2022)
Annie Ernaux, A Man’s Place. Fitzcarraldo Editions (2020)
Ben Estes, ABC Moonlight. The Song Cave (2022)
Jennifer Elise Foerster, The Maybe-Bird. The Song Cave (2022)
Connor Fisher, The Isotope of I. Schism Press (2021)
Daisy Fried, The Year The City Emptied: After Baudelaire. Flood Editions (2022)
Elisa Gabbert, Normal Distance. Soft Skull Press (2022)
Kay Gabriel, A Queen in Bucks County. Nightboat Books (2022)
Forrest Gander, Twice Alive. New Directions (2021)
Edgar Garcia, Emergency: Reading the Popol Vuh in a Time of Crisis. University of Chicago Press (2022)
Callie Garnett, Wings in Time. The Song Cave (2021)
Cristina Rivera Garza, trans. Sarah Booker, New and Selected Stories. Dorothy: a publishing project (2022)
Renee Gladman, Plans for Sentences. Wave Books (2022)
Yanko González, Upper Volta. Ugly Duckling Presse (2021)
Nicholas Goodly, Black Swim. Copper Canyon (2022)
Johannes Göransson, Summer. Tarpaulin Sky (2022)
Raquel Gutiérrez, Brown Neon. Coffee House Press (2022)
Judy Grahn, Eruptions of Inanna: Justice, Gender, and Erotic Power. Nightboat Books (2021)
Jorie Graham, [To] The Last [Be] Human. Copper Canyon Press (2022)
C.R. Grimmer, The Lyme Letters. Texas Tech UP (2021)
Emily Hall, The Longcut (Dalkey Archive, 2022)
Robert von Hallberg and Robert Faggen, editors, Evaluations of US Poetry Since 1950, Volume 1: Language, Form, and Music. University of New Mexico Press (2021)
Robert von Hallberg and Robert Faggen, editors, Evaluations of US Poetry Since 1950, Volume 2: Mind, Nation, and Power. University of New Mexico Press (2021)
Elizabeth Hardwick, The Uncollected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick. NYRB (2022)
Chelsea Harlan, Bright Shade. Copper Canyon (2022)
Lyn Hejinian and Leslie Scalapino, Hearing. Litmus Press (2021)
Marwa Helal, Ante Body. Nightboat (2022)
Sheila Heti, Pure Colour. FSG (2022)
Daisy Hildyard, Emergency. Fitzcarraldo Editions (2022)
Kamden Hilliard, MISSSETTL. Nightboat Books (2022)
H.L. Hix, Counterclaims: Poets and Poetries, Talking Back. Dalkey Archive Press (2020)
Jeremy Hoevenaar, Our Insolvency. Golias Books (2021)
Ava Hofmann, [...]. Astrophil Press (2021)
Harmony Holiday, Maafa. Fence Books (2021)
Christine Shan Shan Hou, The Joy and the Terror are Both in the Swallowing. After Hours Editions (2021)
Valerie Hsiung, outside voices, please. Cleveland State University Poetry Center (2021)
Zora Neale Hurston, You Don’t Know Us Negroes. Amistad (2022)
Hajar Hussaini, Disbound. University of Iowa Press (2022)
Fatima Ife, Maroon Choreography. Duke University Press Books (2021)
Brenda Iijima, Bionic Communality. Roof Books (2021)
Gary Indiana, Fire Season: Selected Essays, 1984-2021. Seven Stories Press (2022)
Lucy Ives, Cosmogony. Soft Skull Press (2021)
Lucy Ives, Life is Everywhere. Graywolf Press (2022)
Joan Naviyuk Kane, Dark Traffic. University of Pittsburgh Press (2021)
Nilufar Karimi, Nuclear Deal. Noemi Press (2021)
Douglas Kearney, Sho. Wave Books (2021)
John Keene, Punks. The Song Cave (2022)
Rosamund S. King, All the Rage. Nightboat Books (2021)
Wayne Koestenbaum, The Cheerful Scapegoat: Fables. Semiotext(e) (2021)
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Black Body Amnesia: Poems and Other Speech Acts. Wendy’s Subway (2022)
Sandra Lim, The Curious Thing: Poems. W. W. Norton (2021)
Clarice Lispector, trans. Stefan Tobler, An Apprenticeship, or The Book of Pleasures. New Directions (2021)
Lauren Levin, Nightwork. Golias Books (2021)
Nuala Loges, ONTOLOGIES OF ENVIRONMENTAL COLLAPSE. Inside the Castle (2021)
Garielle Lutz, Worsted. Hobart Pulp (2021)
Nathaniel Mackey, Double Trio: Tej Bet, So’s Notice, Nerve Church. New Directions (2021)
Madison McCartha, FREAKOPHONE WORLD. Inside the Castle (2021)
Katherine McKittrick, Dear Science and Other Stories. Duke UP (2021)
Fernanda Melchor trans. Sophie Hughes, Paradais. (New Directions, 2022)
Miranda Mellis, Demystifications. Solid Objects (2021)
Elizabeth Carolyn Miller, Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion. Princeton UP (2021)
Hope Mirrlees, Paris: A Poem. Faber & Faber (2022)
Jonah Mixon-Webster, Stereo(TYPE). Knopf (2021)
Ottessa Moshfegh, Lapvona. Penguin Press (2022)
Toni Morrison, Recitatif. Knopf (2022)
Vivek Narayanan, After. NYRB Poets (2022)
Hoa Nguyen, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure. Wave Books (2021)
Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué, Madness. Nightboat Books (2022)
Gillian Osborne, Green Green Green. Nightboat Books (2021)
Caryl Pagel, Free Clean Fill Dirt. University of Akron Press (2022)
Aimee Parkison, Suburban Death Project. Unbound Edition Press (2022)
Craig Santos Perez, Navigating Chamoru Poetry: Indigeneity, Aesthetics, and Decolonization. University of Arizona Press (2021)
Nathaniel Perry, Long Rules: An Essay in Verse. The Backwaters Press (2021)
Isaac Pickell, everything saved will be last. Black Lawrence (2021)
Julie Poole, Bright Specimen. Deep Vellum Books (2021)
Maya Popa, Wound is the Origin of Wonder. W.W. Norton (2022)
Hilary Plum, Hole Studies. Fonograf Editions (2022)
No’u Revilla, Ask the Brindled. Milkweed (2022)
Atsuro Riley, Heard-Hoard. University of Chicago Press (2021)
Ed Roberson, MPH and Other Road Poems. Verge Press (2021)
Bin Ramke, Earth on Earth. Omnidawn (2021)
Kylan Rice, Incryptions. Spuyten Duyvil (2021)
Roger Reeves, Best Barbarian: Poems. W. W. Norton (2022)
Gabrielle Octavia Rucker, Dereliction. The Song Cave (2022)
Ethan Rutherford, Farthest South. Deep Vellum (2021)
Assotto Saint, Spells of a Voodoo Doll: Collected Works. Nightboat Books (2023)
C.T. Salazar, Headless John the Baptist Hitchhiking. Acre Books (2022)
Giada Scodellaro, Some of Them Will Carry Me. Dorothy: a publishing project (2022)
Judith Schalansky, trans. Jackie Smith, An Inventory of Losses. New Directions (2020)
Adania Shibli, trans. Elisabeth Jacquette, Minor Detail. New Directions (2020)
Kyle Schlesinger, editor. A Poetics of the Press: Interviews with Poets, Printers, & Publishers. Ugly Duckling Presse (2021)
Claire Schwartz, Civil Service. Graywolf Press (2022)
Chet’la Sebree, Field Study. FSG Originals (2021)
Cedar Sigo, All This Time. Wave Books (2021)
Cedar Sigo, Guard the Mysteries. Wave Books (2021)
Adalbert Stifter, trans. Isabel Fargo Cole. Motley Stones. NYRB (2021)
James Thomas Stevens, The Golden Book. SplitLevel Texts (2021)
Bianca Stone, What Is Otherwise Infinite. Tin House (2022)
Nomi Stone, Pinelandia: An Anthropology and Field Poetics of War and Empire. University of California Press (2022)
Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, The Poetics of Difference: Queer Feminist Forms in the African Diaspora. University of Illinois Press (2021)
Cole Swenson, Art in Time. Nightboat Books (2021)
Bronwen Tate, The Silk The Moths Ignore. Inlandia Institute (2021)
Shelly Taylor, B-Side Girls Knockin’ Sugar in the Gourd. The Magnificent Field (2021)
Roberto Tejada, Why the Assembly Disbanded. Fordham UP (2022)
Susan Tichy, North | Rock | Edge. Parlor Press (2022)
Steve Tomasula, editor. Conceptualisms: The Anthology of Prose, Poetry, Visual, Found, E- & Hybrid Writing as Contemporary Art. University of Alabama Press (2022)
Jan Verberkmoes, Firewatch. Fonograf Editions (2021)
Divya Victor, Curb. Nightboat Books (2021)
Danielle Vogel, Edges & Fray: On Language, Presence, and (Invisible) Animal Architectures. Wesleyan UP (2020)
Asiya Wadud, No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body. Nightboat Books (2021)
Nikki Wallschlaeger, Waterbaby. Copper Canyon Press (2021)
Jackie Wang, The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void. Nightboat Books (2021)
Noah Warren, The Complete Stories. Copper Canyon Press (2021)
Michael Wasson, Swallowed Light. Copper Canyon Press (2022)
Lesley Wheeler, Poetry’s Possible Worlds. Tinderbox Editions (2022)
Simone White, or, on being the other woman. Duke UP (2022)
Joy Williams, Harrow. Penguin Random House (2021)
Phillip B. Williams, Mutiny. Penguin Press (2021)
Ronaldo V. Wilson, Virgil Kills. Nightboat Books (2022)
Jane Wong, How Not to be Afraid of Everything. Alice James Books (2021)
Annie Woodford, Where You Come From Is Gone. Mercer Universiy Press (2022)
Jay Wright, Thirteen Quintets for Lois. Flood Editions (2021)
Lynn Xu, And Those Ashen Heaps That Cantilevered Vase of Moonlight. Wave Books (2022)
Wendy Xu, The Past. Wesleyan UP (2021)
Ma Yan, I Name Him Me: Selected Poems of Ma Yan. Ugly Duckling Presse (2021)
Yanyi, Dream of the Divided Field. One World (2022)
Joey Yearous-Algozin, A Feeling Called Heaven. Nightboat Books (2021)
Kamelya Omayma Youssef, A book with a hole in it. Wendy’s Subway (2022)
Timothy Yu, editor. The Cambridge Companion to Twenty-First-Centruy American Poetry. Cambridge UP (2021)
Kate Zambreno, To Write as if Already Dead. Columbia UP (2021)
*This list is often updated, so check back with it occasionally.
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Annulet is published biannually on a rolling basis.
Dates of Publication:
Issue (1): April 1st, 2021
Issue (2): January 2nd, 2022
Issue (3): April 30th, 2022