Category: Book Reviews

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The Real Issue: Gary Jackson’s Origin Story

KS Keeney I read Gary Jackson’s first book, Missing You Metropolis, when I was twenty-one, still getting my feet under me as an adult and poet, and was awed at the idea that you could mix poetry...

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Chibundu Onuzo’s Sankofa Sparks Self-Discovery and Reinvention

Bareerah Y. Ghani Chibundu Onuzo’s new novel, Sankofa, is poignant and perceptive in its exploration of grief, family bonds and the intersectionality of race, ancestry and identity....

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LeVar Burton Gives a Powerful Voice to His Visionary 1997 Post-Apocalyptic Novel

Timothy Johnson If you’re a child of the ’80s like me, LeVar Burton may have been an important part of your formative years. Whether you tuned into Star Trek: The Next Generation every week, kept...

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Our Last Blue Moon: Dance of Love

Martin Mitchell Will it come like a change in the weather?Will its greeting be courteous or rough?Will it alter my life altogether?O tell me the truth about love.—W.H. Auden I thought of these...

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Emily Austin’s Debut Novel and Being Dead Someday

Melissa Wade The cover of Emily Austin’s debut novel presents visual insight into the book’s core dichotomy. In a design by Kelli McAdams, lollipop-colored rabbits bound with life in neatly...

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Correlatives: A Review of W. Todd Kaneko’s This is How the Bone Sings

Christian Stanzione I was a natural reader for W. Todd Kaneko’s The Dead Wrestler Elegies, a book that examines the pageantries of professional wrestling to access and discuss his relationship with...

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Bradley Bazzle Writes Unique Fiction With Familiar Skin in New Collection

Tim Johnson Bradley Bazzle describes his new fiction collection, Fathers of Cambodian Time-Travel Science, as an “alchemical mixture of realism and complete bullshit.” As I read it, I decided I...

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Writing from the Body: Felicia Rose Chavez’s’ The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop

Shabrayle Setliff The statement that everyone writes from the body could serve as a litmus test: if such a statement seems untrue or if it is, perhaps, unfelt, it may very well indicate a person’s...

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Imagination as Inheritance in Lilly Dancyger’s Memoir Negative Space

 Lena Crown In the dedication to Lilly Dancyger’s debut memoir, Negative Space, out from the Santa Fe Writers Project this May, she writes, “For my father, Joe Schactman. And for everyone living...

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Timelessness & Innovation in Tracy Zeman’s Empire

Ana Pugatch Tracy Zeman’s debut collection, Empire (Parlor Press, 2020), contains the hallmarks of a skilled ecopoet: an expansive scientific lexicon and a tendency to eschew the didactic, for...

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