Ishmael Mask reviewed in the Valparaiso Poetry Review

December 20, 2023

Autumn House is pleased to share this insightful review by W.J. Herbert of Charles Kell’s Ishmael Mask in the Valparaiso Poetry Review. Of Charles’s work, Herbert writes:

In Kell’s hands, the act of art-making becomes the means by which we embrace our deep sense of connectedness. In Kell’s previous collection, the 2018 Autumn House Press Prize-winning Cage of Lit Glass, an incarcerated speaker’s “…words are wheels working to be set free.” But rather than attempting his escape, the speaker in Ishmael Mask examines the nature of the cage, its contradictions and absurdities.

To read the full review, visit the Valparaiso website!

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