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Harvard Review on TROUBLE THE WATER

In a new piece from the Harvard Review, poet and reviewer William Doreski assembles a list of eleven new poets that "all deserve serious consideration and a readership beyond a few friends." Included on this list is Derrick Austin's recent A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize-winning collection, Trouble the Water.

"The intelligence and accomplishment of each year’s crop of debut poetry collections always astonishes me. Poetry is one of our most widely practiced arts, but it receives too little attention in the press. Still, poets continue to offer their wares."

Austin is in good company, being reviewed alongside such other poets as Eleanor Chai, Leora Fridman, Lynn Pedersen, Kimberly Grey, Sass Brown, Martin Rock, Daniel Nadler, Michael Homolka, Adam O’Riordan, and Sjohnna McCray.

According to Doreski, "Derrick Austin wields a variety of figurative devices, modes of address, and rhetorical stances. His strongest imagery does not startle, but confirms our sense of the rightness of things.

"Precise and focused, Austin’s language often seems ekphrastic, as though he had a picture in front of him as he writes. In a few of the poems, he clearly does, but it is his voice and vision, not his method, that are ekphrastic."

Click here to read the full review: "'Like Wings Unfolding in the Body': Eleven New Poets."

Click here for more information on Trouble the Water.


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