Books & Reviews

Reversible Marisa Crawford poems
Switchback Books, 2017

The Haunted House

Switchback Books, 2010
8th Grade Hippie Chic
Immaculate Disciples, 2013
Big Brown Bag

Gazing Grain, 2015


About Reversible

“Reversible is bright and glitter roll-on scented, with a pitch-perfect 90s soundtrack. It’s nostalgic, dark, surprising yet warmly familiar. I mourn for the girlhood of this book.” — Morgan Parker

“Crawford’s poems also know, better than any I’ve ever read, that fashion is imagery; ditto for friendships and stickers and backyard pools and the things girls do to their bodies in their bedrooms late at night.” — Becca Klaver

Reversible is the glossy mixtape of girl in becoming. I can relate to the poems’ “you” or “we” in ways mediated by the “trinity” of race, class, & gender—as the poems here certainly locate themselves within—or in the other similarly dangerous trinity of: are you on your period, what’s your rising sign, & who’s your favorite Spice Girl.” — Jennifer Tamayo

“Like a favorite, much-loved, much-washed t-shirt passed from biological sister to soul sister to sorority sister, Marisa Crawford’s Reversible holds the shape of the women who have touched it.” — Caolan Madden


About The Haunted House

“This poetry is the unholy and inevitable spawn of Emily Dickinson and Judy Blume. And it’s a sugar high. Enter and enjoy the rush.” -Arielle Greenberg

“These poems are sticky and tough and glossy and romantic – coded love notes passed behind a teacher’s desk in high school” -Michelle Tea

“…poems that offer up humor with your thrills, language so sharp it chills, and lines that will make you stop dead in your tracks… It’s scary how good this is.” -Toni Mirosevich

Reviews & Features:

Brooklyn Poet of the Week (Brooklyn Poets)

Angela Veronica Wong reviews The Haunted House (Sink Review

Stephen Burt, “My Life as a Girl” (Virginia Quarterly Review)

Maree Hamilton, “Your Frills Are Made Of Bone” (The Rumpus)

Lily Ladewig reviews The Haunted House (Noo Journal)

LJ Moore reviews The Haunted House (


About 8th Grade Hippie Chic

“The chapbook is a series of interrelated prose poems fueled by love/hate relationships and teen identities — filtered and constructed by music, drugs, and friendship(s), these intersect with burgeoning notions of femaleness and nascent sexuality.” – Immaculate Disciples

Reviews & Features:

Stephen Burt, “‘LIKE’ A speculative essay about poetry, simile, artificial intelligence, mourning, sex, rock and roll, grammar, romantic love.” (American Poetry Review)

Gina Myers reviews 8th Grade Hippie Chic (Fanzine)



About Big Brown Bag

“This collection is about obsessions and how we are always building them, surrendering to them, or evading them. In the opening poem we learn that [a department store called Goodie’s], its ‘brown bag’ held like a bomb, is the object of the speaker’s side-eye, tell-it-slant gaze: ‘I saw the Goodie’s out of the corner of my eye / & with the way the light was hitting it, it looked like a mirage. / Like a temple…’ What is really being wrestled with is love, its losses, despair, denial of that despair, learning to love one’s own body and self, and all the ways we trick ourselves into making it through the hours and days and shifts of this grinding blue world. The last couplet of the book: There was that big sign on Route Nine that said, ‘Free Air.’ Somebody told me, memory is a tire. Change it. Go from there.” – Natalie Diaz

“Set within the behind-the-scenes confines a fictional department store that rings true as a multitude of department stores, Crawford brings us an inner monologue in conversation. Does this seem counterintuitive? Think of the way we engage with society and community. Think of the struggles we endure to locate ourselves within and without those groups. “Goody’s” is less setting than state of being.” – Jen Fitzgerald

Reviews & Features:

Chapbookapalooza: Big Brown Bag. Interview with Jen Fitzgerald (New Books in Poetry)

Paul Fauteux, “Life Sucks, Let’s Go Shopping!” (The Lit Pub)

Toby Altman, “Transitory Poetics: October 2016” (Entropy)