Rattle Logo
Facebook Icon   Twitter Icon   Pinterest Icon   RSS Icon




In 2006 we began publishing electronic reviews instead of including them in our print issues, so that we could publish more of them, in a more timely manner, and with more spatial freedom. Our policy was to never assign review, and to welcome any opinion that seemed honest. We also encouraged a personal narrative style, to reflect the private and subjective experience of actually reading a book. The E-Reviews section closed at the end of 2013, but over the seven years we published the hundreds of reviews you’ll find below. This is the archive.



E-Reviews by Book Author

Abani, Chris – Sanctificum
Accardi, Millicent – Woman on a Shaky Bridge
Adams, Rachel – What Is Heard
Addonizio, Kim – Ordinary Genius
Addonizio, Kim – Lucifer at the Starlite
Ang, Arlene – Seeing Birds in Church …
Ashton, Sally – Some Odd Afternoon
Azriel, Yakov – Beads for the Messiah’s Bride
Albergotti, Dan – The Boatloads
Ali, Agha Shahid – The Veiled Suite
Aliesan, Jody – True North: Nord Vrai
Allen, Kelli – Otherwise, Soft White Ash
Alurista – Xicano Duende
Ammons, A.R. – Ommateum (With Doxology)
Arthur, James – Charms Against Lightning
Atkinson, Charles – Fossil Honey
Atwood, Margaret – Morning in the Burned House
Ayers, Lana Hechtman – Dance From …
Ayers, Lana Hechtman – A New Red
Balbo, Ned – Something Must Happen
Bang, Mary Jo – Elegy
Barber, Caleb – Beasts & Violins
Bar-Nadav, Hadara – A Glass of Milk …
Barnstone, Willis – Life Watch
Barnstone, Willism, tr. – Restored New Testament
Bartow, Stewart – Questions for the Sphinx
Bass, Ellen – Mules of Love
Basso, Eric – The Catwalk Watch
Basso, Eric – The Catwalk Watch (2)
Baugher, Janée – The Body’s Physics
Beachy-Quick, Dan – This Nest, Swift Passerine
Beasley, Sandra – Theories of Falling
Beasley, Sandra – I Was the Jukebox
Beatman, Lisa – Manufacturing America
Beck, Art – Summer With All …
Beckman, Joshua – Take It
Belz, Aaron – The Bird Hoverer
Bergmann, F.J. – Out of the Black Forest
Berrigan, Ted – Collected Poems
Bertram, Lillian-Yvonne – But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise
Bethanis, Peter – American Future
Bingham, Remica L. – What We Ask of Flesh
Blatner, Barbara – The Still Position
Blauner, Laurie – Wrong
Bliumis-Dunn, Sally – Talking Underwater
Bly, Robert – Talking into the Ear of the Donkey
Bly, Robert – Talking into the Ear of the Donkey (2)
Bogen, Deborah – Landscape with Silos
Boisseau, Michelle – A Sunday in God Years
Boully, Jenny – [one love affair]*
Bredle, Jason – Standing in Line …
Brehm, John – Help Is on the Way
Briante, Susan – Utopia Minus
Brock, Kristin – Cloisters
Brodsky, Louis Daniel – Dine-Rite: Breakfast Poems
Brodsky, Louis Daniel – By Leaps and Bounds
Brooks, Michelle – Make Yourself Small
Browne, Susan – Zephyr
Bryan Sharon – Sharp Stars
Buckley, Christopher – Modern History
Burnside, John – The Hunt in the Forest
Bursk, Christopher – First Inhabitants of …
Byrne, Edward – Seeded Light
Calder, Kim – Who’s to Say What’s Home
Campbell, Monty, Jr – A Large Dent in the Moon
Capps, Ashley – Mistaking the Sea …
Cardenal, Ernesto – The Origin of Species …
Cardenas, Brenda – From the Tongues …
Carrington, Patrick – Rise, Fall …
Carrington, Patrick – Thirst
Carter, Jared – A Dance in the Street
Castillo, Ana – Watercolor Women …
Chorlton, David – From the Age of Miracles
Clarke, John – Good Lonely Day
Clark, Kevin – Self-Portrait with Explicatives
Cleary, Michael – Halfway Decent Sinners
Clifton, Lucille – Voices
Coke, Allison Hedge – Dog Road Woman
Conner, Peter – The Crows Were Laughing …
Cooper & Estabrook – Methinks I See My Father
Corbett, Maryann – Breath Control
Cortez, Sarah – Cold Blue Steel
Coutley, Lisa Fay – In the Carnival of Breathing
Cowles, Kathryn – Eleanor, Eleanor …
Crenshaw, Brad – My Gargantuan Desire
Crooker, Barbara – More
Crooker, Barbara – Radiance
Crow, Pam – Inside This House
Daniels, Jim – Street
Darling, Kristina Marie – Compendium
Darling, Kristina Marie – Melancholia (An Essay)
Davis, Peter – Hitler’s Moustache
Davis, Peter – Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!
Davis, Todd – Some Heaven
Davis, Todd – In the Kingdom of the Ditch
Dentz, Shira – Door of Thin Skins
Deppe, Theodore – Orpheus on the Red Line
Der-Hovanessian, Diana – The Second Question
Dickman, Michael – The Flies
di Giorgio, Mirosa – Diadem
Dimartino, Joanie – Licking the Spoon
Dimitrov, Alex – American Boys
Dockins, Mike – Slouching in the Path …
Dougherty, Sean Thomas – Sasha Sings…
Doyle, James – The Long View Just Keeps Treading Water
Doyle, James – Bending Under the Yellow ..
Dragojlovic, Dragan – Death’s Homeland
Donnelly, Richard – The Melancholy MBA
Dubrow, Jehanne – From the Fever-World
Dungy, Camille – Suck on the Marrow
Dunn, Robert – Je Ne Regrette Rien
Duval, Quinton – Joe’s Rain
Egan, Moira – Bar Napkin Sonnets
Eglin, Laura Cesarco – Tailor Shop: Threads
Espada, Martin – The Republic of Poetry
Espada, Martin – The Trouble Ball
Espaillat, Rhina – Her Place in These Designs
Essinger, Cathryn, Innocence
Estess, Sybil Pitmann – Blue, Candled …
Fagan, Aaron – Garage
Fagan, Aaron – Garage (2)
Fargnoli, Patricia – Then, Something
Feinfeld, D.A – Rodin’s Eyes
Ferro, Jeanpaul – Being Dead
Ferro, Jeanpaul – Jazz
Fetherling, George – Plans Deranged by Time
Fielden, Amelia – Baubles, Bangles & Beads
Fischer, B.K. – Mutiny Gallery
Fisher-Wirth, Ann – Dream Cabinet
Foust, Rebecca – Dark Card
Foust, Rebecca – Mom’s Canoe
Fox, Valerie – The Glass Book
Frith, Carol – Two for a Journey
Fry, John – Silt Will Swirl
Garrison, David Lee – Playing Bach on the D.C. Metro
Spera, Gabriel – The Rigid Body
Garvey, Pamela – Fear
Gavin, Larry – Stone and Sky
Ghaffer, Asher – Wasps in a Golden …
Gillan, Maria Mazziotti – The Place I Call Home
Gillette, Michelle – The Green Cottage
Gloeggler, Tony – Greatest Hits
Gluck, Louise – A Village Life
Girmay, Aracelis – Teeth
Goetsch, Douglas – Your Whole Life
Goldbarth, Albert – Everyday People
Goldner, Harvey – Her Bright Bottom
Golos, Veronica – Vocabulary of Silence
Good, Howie – Cryptic Endearments
Goodan, Kevin – Winter Tenor
Goodman, Brent – My Brother Swimming …
Goodyear, Dana – The Oracle of Hollywood Boulevard
Grant, Alex – Chains & Mirrors
Graziano, Nathan – Teaching Metaphors
Greenhouse, Stuart – What Remains
Greinki/Rimbaud – Drunken Boat
Griffiths, M.A. – Grasshopper
Grimm, Teri Youmans – Dirt Eaters
Guess, Carol – F IN
Guest, Paul – My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge
Le Guin, Ursula K. – Finding My Elegy
Gundy, Jeff – Spoken Among the Trees
Hadaway, Meredith – Fishing Secrets…
Hafiz – Two Translations
Hamill, Sam – Measured by Stone
Hansen & Hasselstrom – Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet
Hardy, Myronn – Headless Saints
Harrington, Janice – Even the Hollow …
Harrison, Pamela – What to Make of It
Hartenbach, Mark – Beneath the …
Harvey, Matthea – Modern Life
Harvey, Suzanne Richardson – A Tiara for …
Haskins, Lola – Not Feathers Yet
Hawkey, Christian – Book of Funnels
Haven, Stephen – The Last Sacred Place in North America
Haven, Stephen – Dust & Bread
Hays, K.A. – Early Creatures, Native Gods
Hecht, Jamey – Limousine Midnight Blue
Heflin, Jack – Local Hope
Hembree, Carolyn – Skinny
Henn, Steve – And God Said: Let There Be Evolution!
Henry, Nancy A. – Our Lady of Let’s All Sing
Hernandez, David – Hoodwinked
Hiemstra, Marvin – French Kiss Destiny
Hilbert, Ernest – Sixty Sonnets
Hinton, David – Selected Poems of Li Po
Homan, Brandi – Two Kinds of Arson
Hostovsky, Paul – A Little in Love a Lot
Hughey, Elizabeth – Sunday Houses the …
Hunley, Tom C. – Octopus
Inez, Colette – Horseplay
Irwin, Mark – Tall If
James, David – She Dances Like Mussolini
Jamieson, Leland – In Vitro
Jackson, Gary – Missing You, Metropolis
Jedamus, Julith – The Swerve
Johnson, Larry – Veins
Johnston, Alastair – Elipsis (…)
Jones, Arlitia – Bandsaw Riots
Jones-Davis, Georgia – Blue Poodle
Kane, Julie – Rhythm and Booze
Kányádi, Sándor – In the Contemporary Tense
Karasek, Joseph – Love and the Ten …
Kasischke, Laura – Space, in Chains
Kaufman, Shirley – Ezekiel’s Wheels
Keelan, Claudia – Missing Her
Kelleher, Rose – Bundle O’ Tinder
Kempa, Rick – Ten Thousand Voices
Kerrigan, Nancy – The Voices
Keyes, Claire – The Question of Rapture
King, Robert – Old Man Laughing
King, Rosie – Sweetwater, Saltwater
Kingston, Katie – El Rio de las Animas …
Kinsella, John – Divine Comedy
Kinsella, John – Divine Comedy (2)
Klass, Margo & Frank Soos – Double Moon
klipschutz – This Drawn and Quartered Moon
Kohler, Sandra – The Country of Women
Knox, Janet Norman – Eastlake Cleaners …
Kohler, Sandra – Improbably Music
Kosk, Lidia – Sweetwater/Saltwater
Kosmicki, Greg – We Have Always Been …
Krok, Peter – Looking for the Eye
Krut, Robert – The Spider Sermons
Kumin, Maxine – Still to Mow
Kutchins, Laurie – Slope of the Child …
La Ganga, Annie – Stoners and Self- …
Laux, Dorinane – Book of Men
Lawrence, Jenifer Browne – One Hundred …
Leatherman, Stacie – Storm Crop
Lee, Karen An-hwei
Lee, Li-Young – Behind My Eyes
Lee, Li-Young – The Winged Seed
Lee, Stellasue – firecracker RED
Leon, Raina – Canticle of Idols
L’Esperance, Mari – The Darkened Temple
Levin, Lynn – Fair Creature Hour
Levin, Lynn – Miss Plastique
Levis, Larry – Elegy
Lightle, Drake A. – Self-Inflicted
Linehan, Moira – If No Moon
Lockie, Ellaraine – Blue Ribbons …
Lockward, Diane – What Feeds Us
Lockward, Diane – Temptation by Water
Luczaj, Sarah – An Urgent Request
Ludwin, Peter – A Guest in All Your Houses
Lukas, Krista – Fans of My Unconcious
Lumsden, Roddy – Roddy Lumsden Is Dead
Lynch, Alessandra – It Was a Terrible Cloud …
Lindenberg, Rebecca – Love, An Index
Maclay, Sarah – The White Bride
Madzirov, Nikola – Remnants of Another Age
Maloutas, Barbara – The Whole Marie
Manning, Maurice – Bucolics
Manning, Maurice – Lawrence Booth’s …
Marbrook, Djelloul – Far From Algiers
Mark, Sabrina Orah – The Babies
Marks, Janet – I Wanted a City
Martin, Camille – Looms
Matherne, Beverly – Lamothe-Cadillac
Maughn, James – The Arakaki Permutations
McBride, Timothy – The Manageable Cold
McCarthy, Jack – What I Saw
McDuffie, Brad – And the West Was Not …
McGlynn, Karyna – Alabama Steve
McIlroy, Leslie Anne – Liquid Like This
McKinney, Irene – Unthinkable
McIntosh, Sandy – 49 Guaranteed Ways …
McLaughlin, Damon – Exchanging Lives
Mergan, Alexa – Clear All the Rest …
Metzger, Deena – Ruin & Beauty
Meyerhofer, Michael – Leaving Iowa
Middlebrook, Diane – Her Husband: Ted Hughes & Sylvia Plath
Millar, Joseph – Overtime
Millar, Joseph – Blue Rust
Miller, Michael – Darkening the Grass
Miller, Sandra – Oriflamme,
Mills, Tyler – Tongue Lyre
Montgomery, Danielle (Dani) – Woman Write Poems
Moolman, Kobus – Light and After
Morrison, Rusty – Book of the Given
Muldoon, Paul – Horse Latitudes
Mulkey, Rick – Toward any Darkness
Mullany, Edward – If I Falter at the Gallows
Mullen, Laura – Dark Archive
Mulvania, Andrew – Also in Arcadia
Murphy, Rich – Voyeur
Nakayasu Sawako – So We Have Been Given …
Natal, Jim – Memory and Rain
Neale, Emma – The Truth Garden
Newberry, Jeff – Brackish
Nymark, Niki – A Stranger Here Myself
O’Connell, Richard – Irish Monastic Poems
O’Donnell, Angela Alaimo – Moving House
O’Donnell, Angela Alaimo – Saint Sinatra
Oles, Carole Simmons – Waking Stone
Olson, Christina – Before I Came Home Naked
O’Rourke, Meghan – Halflife
O’Rourke, Meaghan – Once
Orr, Leonard – Why We Have Evening
Ostriker, Alicia – Dancing at the Devil’s Party
Otten, Julie – Milk Chip Monday
Parker, Alan Michael – Long Division
Paschen, Elise – Bestiary
Pastan, Linda – Queen of a Rainy Country
Pastan, Linda – Traveling Light
Patchen, Kenneth – Two Books
Paul, Maggie – Borrowed World
Peake, Robert – The Silence Teacher
Pepper, Patric – Zoned Industrial
Perrine, Jennifer – The Body Is No Machine
Peterson, Allan – Omnivore
Phelan, Terry – Husk
Pietryzkowski, Marc – And the Whole …
Platt, Donald – My Father Says Grace
Pollitt, Katha – The Mind-Body Problem
Poteat, Joshua – Ornithologies
Potos, Andrea – Yaya’s Cloth
Potter, Christine – Zero Degrees …
Poudrier, Jason – Red Fields
Powell, D.A. – Useless Landscape or a Guide for Boys
Pritts, Nate – The Wonderfull Yeare
Prufer, Kevin – In a Beautiful Country
Rader, Dean – Work and Days
Randall, Jessy – A Day in Boyland
Randall, Jessy – Injecting Dreams into Cows
Randolph, Patrick – Father’s Philosophy
Ransick, Chris – Lost Songs and Last Chances
Rath, Jeff – The Waiting Room at the End …
Rathkamp, Josh – Some Night No Cars at All
Ray, David – The Music of Time
Raz, Hilda – All Odd and Splendid
Rechter, Judith – Wild West
Rhein, Christine – Wild Flight
Reeser, Jennifer – Sonnets from the Dark Lady
Reyes, Barbara Jane – Diwata
Rich, Susan – The Alchemist’s Kitchen
Rich, Susan – Cures Include Travel
Riggs, Sarah – The Autobiography of Envelopes
Roberts, Kim – The Kimnama
Roberts, Kim – Animal Magnetism
Robertson, Robin – The Wrecking Light
Rooney, Kathleen – Robinson Alone
Rooney, Kathleen – Oneiromance
Ross, Joseph – Meeting Bone Man
Rozewicz, Tadeusz – Sobbing Superpower
Rossi, Lee – Wheelchair Samurai
Ryan, Michael – This Morning
Sáenz, Benjamin A. – Dreaming the End of War
Salamun, Tomaz – The Blue Tower
Salcman, Michael – The Clock Made of Confetti
Salerno, Mark – Odalisque
Sanders, Mark – Here in the Big Empty
Sayeh, H.E. – The Art of Stepping Through Time
Scates, Maxine – Undone
Schott, Penelope Scambly – A Is for Anne
Schott, Penelope Scambly – Lillie Was a Goddess …

Schott, Penelope Scambly – Six Lips
Schott, Penelope Scambly – Six Lips (2)
Scott, Nancy – On Location
Serpas, Martha – The Dirty Side …
Shepard, Neil – This Far From the Source
Shipley, Vivian – All of Your Messages …
Siegell, Paul – Jambandbootleg
Simic, Charles – The Monster Loves His Labyrinth
Simpson, Jeff – Vertical Hold
Sinavaiana-Gabbard, Caroline – Alchemies …
Singer, Ron – A Voice for My Grandmother
Simic, Charles – Master of Disguises
Sloat, Sarah J. – Voice of a Minor Saint
Smith, Bruce – Devotions
Smith, Erin Elizabeth – The Fear of Being …
Smith, Joan Jobe – Picking the Lock …
Smith, Patricia – Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah
Smith, Patricia – Teahouse of the Almighty
Smith, R.T. – Outlaw Style
Smith, S.E. – I Live in a Hut
Snider, Clifton – Aspens in the Wind
Spang, Bruce – The Knott
Spears, Brian – A Witness in Exile
Spidel, Lianne – Chrome
Spidel, Lianne – What to Tell Joseme
Stallings, A.E. – Olives
Staples, Catherine – The Rattling Window
Starkey, David – A Few Things … About the Weasel
Steger, Ales – The Book of Things
Stephanie, S – What the News Seemed to Say
Stephenson, Hannah – In the Kettle, the Shriek
Stern, Gerald – Save the Last Dance
Stern Gerald – In Beauty Bright
Stewart-Nuñez, Christine – Unbound & Branded
Stone, Myrna – The Casanova Chronicles
Stone, Ruth – In the Next Galaxy
Stone, Ruth – What Love Comes To
Suermondt, Tim – Trying to Help …
Sullivan, David – Every Seed of the Pomegranate
Sullivan, Robert – Voices Carried My Family
Svalina, Mathias – Creation Myths
Sweeney, Chad – Arranging the Blaze
Sweeney, Chad – Parable of Hide and Seek
Sze-Lorrain, Fiona – Water the Moon
Takacs, Nancy – Juniper
Tan, Joel Barraquiel – Type O Negative
Taub, Yermiyahu Ahron – Insatiable …
Terris, Susan – Contrariwise
Thomas, Larry D. – The Fraternity of Oblivion
Thomas, Larry D. – The Light of Apricots
Thorburn, Matthew – This Time Tomorrow
Torrence-Thompson, Juanita – Breath-Life
Torrence-Thompson – Talking with Stanley Kunitz
Trinidad, David – The Late Show
Trull, Rhett Iseman – The Real Warnings
Twichell, Chase – Dog Language
Turner, Brian – Here, Bullet
Tyler, Kathleen – My Florida
Ungar, Barbara Louise – Charlotte Bronte…
Ungar, Barbara Louise – The Origin of …
Upton, Lee – Undid in the Land of Undone
Uschuk, Pamela – Crazy Love
Uschuk, Pamela – Crazy Love (2)
Uschuk, Pamela – Wild in the Plaza of Memory
Valentine, Jean – Break the Glass
Vinograd, Julia – America Is Hiding …
Waldrep,G.C. – Disclamor
Wallace, Joni – Blinking Ephemeral Valentine
Wallenstein, Barry – Drastic Dislocations
Wallin, Myna – A Thousand Profane Pieces
Weingarten, Roger – Premature Elegy …
Webb, Charles Harper – Shadow Ball
Weinberger, Florence – Sacred Graffiti
Wells, Sarah M – Pruning Burning Bushes
Western, Samuel – A Random Census of Souls
Wheeler, Lesley – Workshop Girl
Wheeler, Lesley – Heterotopia
Whitbeck, Caroline Noble – Our Classical …
White, Gail – Easy Marks
White, Mike – How to Make a Bird with Two Hands
Wilkens, Gary Charles – The Red Light …
Winslow,Rosemary – Green Bodies
Wisniewski, Mark – One of Us One Night
Wolf, Alyssa – Vaudeville
Woloch, Cecilia – Carpathia
Yaa de Villiers, Phillippa – Taller Than …
Yongming, Zhai – The Changing Room
young, d’bi – art on black
Zapruder, Matthew – Come on All You Ghosts
Zaro, Mariano – The House of Mae Rim
Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees
Beloved Community: The Sisterhood of Homeless …
Best American Poetry 2007 – ed. Heather McHugh
Best American Poetry 2006 – ed. Billy Collins
The Death of King Arthur: A New Verse Translation
Eating the Pure Light: Homage to Thomas McGrath
A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos
Fire on Her Tongue: An eBook Anthology …
Fire on Her Tongue: An eBook Anthology (2)
The Golden Age: Spanish Renaissance
Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary
Melopoeia (CD)
Natural Theologies – Denise Low, ed.
The Poems of Jesus Christ – tr. by Willis Barnstone
The Place that Inhabits Us
Saints of Hysteria: Collaborative American Poetry
Salmon: A Journey in Poetry
To Catch Life Anew: 10 Swedish Women Poets
isis x – ed. Allan Kolski Horwitz
Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising Publishing, and Teaching
Women Write Resistance