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The cover of Jessica J. Lee's DISPERSALS shows pink and yellow wildflower sprigs against a black background.

Review: Dispersals: On Plants, Borders, and Belonging

KATIE NOAH GIBSON
Lee begins, in “Margins,” with the koi pond her mother constructed in suburban Canada, her mother’s longing for her Taiwanese homeland made manifest in building a backyard habitat for fish too fragile for Ontario winters. “She planted paper reeds and irises, floated water lettuce in between,” Lee writes.

Cover of "The Legible Element" by Ralph Sneeden picturing a shoreline.

Through the Lens of the Littoral: A Review of Ralph Sneeden’s The Legible Element

Review by MATT W. MILLER
Sneeden, whether talking waves or poetry, is never pedantic, never flexing knowledge about water or literature. He’s just excited to make connections between ideas, fully and puckishly aware of his geeky literariness, acknowledging that “Nothing, I am told, is more boring than when I do start talking about the waves.”

american gospel cover

Review: American Gospel

Review by YELENA FURMAN
Narrated in alternating chapters from the points of view of Ruth, Peter, and Thomas, American Gospel is an homage to Baltimore and its residents, who like their city, are both flawed and resilient.