Scott Abels' choice:
J. Reuben Appelman, Make Loneliness (Otis/Seismicity Editions)
Appelman is locking up family ghosts and offering them up floating for display in sterile glass dioramas. The result becomes way more human than you'd think--way more vulnerable, in the end. Exactly as sad.
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Originally from Nebraska, Scott Abels has an MFA from Boise State University. His poems can be found online at Spooky Boyfriend, Past Simple, Sawbuck, No Tell Motel, Shampoo, and Action Yes. Currently, he lives and teaches in Honolulu.