“Tortillera: Poems” by Caridad Moro-Gronlier

This compelling collection of poems focuses on what it’s like to be a Cuban lesbian. When it comes to the word “tortillera,” it means lesbian, but as the poet explains in her works, this word is a loaded gun…a verbal assault. However, it doesn’t mean that the poet takes it to heart. She wears the label proudly, in fact, like a badge of honor. … More “Tortillera: Poems” by Caridad Moro-Gronlier

“I Am Here, Let’s Go Home” by Wayne Luthi

I was so excited to open this collection of poems because I am a HUGE fan of San Francisco. From the cool cable cars to what I consider to be the best NFL team out there (and, no, Cowboys fans need not send me bad letters about this), San Francisco is a large part of my soul. So I have to say I was truly excited to immerse myself in the collection of this man, Wayne Luthi, who did an immaculate job of bringing to life “The Golden City.” … More “I Am Here, Let’s Go Home” by Wayne Luthi

“Eleven Sundry Flowers” by Frank Mundo

I’m going to begin this review by offering up a keyword that, to me, describes this collection of poems to a tee: “Beauty.” I know, this sounds like too simple of a word, or too generic to make it stand out from others. However, it’s actually spot on; and it’s the beauty of what this writer (and illustrator, who did a fantastic job, but we’ll address that later) presented that makes it stand above many I’ve read. The set-up is eleven poems, one written a day, that focus on an extremely happy time in the poet’s world that occurred during a very complex time period across the globe … More “Eleven Sundry Flowers” by Frank Mundo

“Make it a Double” by Randall McNair

McNair titles himself “Poet Laureate of the Absurd” (I love that, by the way), and he makes sure to put a disclaimer right up front telling the reader that this is “NOT your mother’s poetry.” That his collection is “written by a man for men.” However, I must say that, although I do not own the appendages he and his male comrades do, I actually loved the poems in this collection, which is Book 2 out of a trilogy. … More “Make it a Double” by Randall McNair

“Surfaced: See Me, Understand Me” by Annette Rodriguez

Okay, this is not a time-consuming poetry book. But before you roll your eyes, the reason is that the poems were so well-written and so powerful to the reader that you speed through them in order to make sure you haven’t missed a thing. It’s then that you go back and read them slower to contemplate and absorb what the author has delivered absolutely lovingly to the eyes that are reading. … More “Surfaced: See Me, Understand Me” by Annette Rodriguez

“Doggerel: Really Bad Poems” by George Hackler

“Doggerel: Really Bad Poems,” by George Hackler, is a fresh, unique collection of poems about human life and all its facets. There are hundreds of poems—so many that they can be broken down into categories, from Love, to Sin, to Death, to God, and more. But they all speak of something personal within each of us, something we can relate to, like happiness, sadness, pain, growing older, success, and heartache—even heaven and hell. … More “Doggerel: Really Bad Poems” by George Hackler

“Extremely Lightweight Guns” by Nikki Moustaki

My mother used to tell me that the word “abnormal” was used by negative people, because “unique” is the word that should be used for those who have the courage to go outside the “norm” in all aspects of life. Using Mom’s guidelines, I have to tell you that in the world of poetry, this debut collection by Nikki Moustaki is one of the most unique I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. … More “Extremely Lightweight Guns” by Nikki Moustaki