For The City That Nearly Broke Me by Barbara Jane Reyes
In this fierce, feisty, anaphora-filled shakedown serenade, Reyes hard-scrambles our senses to position us firmly in poetry meant to electro-charge our attention real. This is a fine book of verse, reminiscent of Juan Felipe Herrera, yet singly Reyes. The supple lines ring endless rounds, bringing us bits of battle-singing and words wound true. Packs an amazing delivery and guarantees impact. —Allison A. Hedge Coke, author of Dog Road Woman and Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer.