Leviathan, a special issue of the Iron Horse Literary Review, is the latest collection of poetry from Joe Wilkins. While living in a small town in Iowa, islanded by a sea of corn and soybeans during the lonely winters, Wilkins began writing many of the persona poems in Leviathan. Consciously crafted as a collection of work from the outset, Leviathan pieces together dramatic monologues, letters to his unborn son, and meditations on inheritance, faith, and survival.
Iron Horse Literary Review
Creative Writing | Poetry
Iron horse literary review ; v. 16, no. 5
"Leviathan is a collection both celebratory and elegiac. Wilkins moves deftly from the natural landscapes of rivers and forests, to the domestic landscapes of garage sales and truck stops, to the emotional landscapes of terror and wonder brought on by fatherhood. He captures each of them in language and imagery as rich as the heart itself. Though the waters and people who populate these poems are often bracing, Wilkins never loses hope for long." - Carrie Jerrell, judge of Iron Horse Literary Review Chapbook Issue Competition
Wilkins, Joe, "Leviathan" (2014). Linfield Authors Book Gallery. 54.