In his fourth collection, That Was Now, This Is Then: Poems, Vijay Seshadri affirms his place as one of America’s greatest living poets. The essence of Seshadri’s writing is conversation and he is fluent in an unusually wide range of forms — he ranges here from rhymed quatrains to fat blocks of prose — and his voice is typically chatty.
A New England poet equally at home in Ireland, Kerrin McCadden explores family, death and grief, apologies, and all manner of departures in her new collection American Wake. An “American wake” is what the Irish call a farewell to those emigrating to the United States. This collection by a writer of extraordinary gifts will appeal to readers who believe in the potential of carefully hewn words to unveil our world and our deepest feelings to ourselves.