Night Thoughts or The Place The Blood Stopped, April 2017
Not Our Country, Summer 2017
Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Spring 2013
Review: A Place to Find Shelter: Donald Quist’s ‘Harbors’
The Millions, October 2016
Prince in Baltimore
Wrecking Ball Press, May 2015
Confusion, Alarm, Fear
Huffington Post, November 2012
Living Large: Fort Greene’s Expansion Hits on the Formula for Success
Time Out New York
Anthologies I’m In
Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump’s America
New York Quarterly, 2018
The poets anthologized in Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump’s America bear witness to, rage against, and defy the misogyny, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and authoritarian impulses that have always surrounded us, but that are incarnated in the 45th president. At a time when large swaths of the nation, and of the world, have succumbed to a reality television ontology, the poems collected in this volume offer the terra firma of imaginative empathy only available to us through poetry.
Home is Where: An Anthology of African American Poetry from the Carolinas
Hub City Press, 2011
In Home is Where, Kwame Dawes compiles the work of more than two dozen African American poets from the Carolinas, showcasing a vast array of original voices writing on subjects ranging from Jim Crow to jazz, haunted landscapes to romantic love-all in an attempt to define the South as home. Dawes-a nationally celebrated poet, dramatist, scholar, novelist, essayist, and founder of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative at the University of South Carolina-edits this new and unparalleled anthology from Hub City Press.
Rabbit Ears: TV Poems
NYQ Books, 2015
Rabbit Ears: TV Poems is a poetic tribute to the medium that has influenced America’s tastes, opinions, politics, language, and lifestyles: television. Within its pages, you’ll read narrative poems, persona poems, poems that employ found text, formal poems, prose poems, haiku and senryu, and poems that incorporate non-poetic forms, like the interview and screenplay. Edited by Joel Allegretti, the anthology contains 129 poems by 130 nationally known and emerging poets including Billy Collins, Ellen Bass, Dorianne Laux, Aram Saroyan, Timothy Liu, Tony Hoagland, and Hal Sirowitz. The title, named for the pair of indoor TV antennae developed in the 1950s, comes courtesy of former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. These poems explore a robust array of subjects: the history and early days of TV, sit-coms, children’s programming, the news, horror and science fiction, detective shows, soap operas and romance, reality TV, and commercials, among others. The poems are funny, poignant, witty, mysterious, and educational. In short, the poems are much like TV itself.
Reviews of My Work
Becky Varley-Winter, 2015