November 2023 CR news


Carl Sandburg: Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly the air.
Rita Dove: Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
James K. Baxter: The poem is a plank laid over the lion’s den.

Read poetry, give poetry. Our books, signed by the poets, are available, from the Circling Rivers bookstore. You can also order from booksellers on-line and in person. Except – our Pocket Edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass is available only by direct order from Circling Rivers (and makes a beautiful gift, even if it’s us saying so).

Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman: Pocket Edition

BUY exclusively from Circling Rivers | free shipping to US addresses

Circling Rivers Pocket Edition of Leaves of Grass is issued in 17 small chapbook volumes. Each fits easily in a jacket pocket, the back pocket of a pair of jeans, or even in an elegant evening bag. The text is the complete 1891–1892 Leaves of Grass “deathbed edition,” with the original sections as designated by Walt Whitman intact between chapbook volumes. 

$25.00 | Each chapbook measures 4.25 x 5.5 inches | total of 676 pages in 17 volumes | paperback, saddle-stitch


Kenneth Pobo | “Oh Gosh.” “Provocatively.”  La Presa (Spring 2023): 84, 865. (print) | “South of Scranton.” San Pedro River Review (Fall 2023, Vol. 15, No. 2): 80.

Jean Huets |  Review of Before All the World, by Moriel Rothman-Zecher, at Historical Novel Society here

Erin Wilson | Besides winning a 2024 Pushcart Prize, Erin was recently nominated by Ron Slate / On the Seawall for a 2025 Pushcart Prize. The poem: “Things I Forgot to Tell You,” On the Seawall, here. | “Still Life with Six Persimmons,” Riddle Fence, link. | “The Grief Garden,” “Lover of the Arts,” CV2, link. | “Becoming the Silence of Foxes,” Potomac Review, link. | “Wanting to Call this Poem Clerestory, I Settle on Collateral Damage,” “Late April,” “Shinrin-Yoku, January,” North Dakota Quarterly link.

Bryan R. Monte |  “I Only Had to Look to See”  Amsterdam Quarterly