Category: Book Reviews

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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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Horror With Authenticity: Stephen Graham Jones’ The Only Good Indians

Timothy Johnson We who like the scary, dark, and macabre tend to leap at the chance to claim a successful piece of literature or film as one of our own. We revel when a work of horror writhes its way...

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A Review of Jenny Bhatt’s Each of Us Killers

Bareerah Y. Ghani Jenny Bhatt’s debut collection, Each of Us Killers, holds fifteen raw, disturbing, and heart wrenching stories about a society where the scales of power are forever tipped. It...

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Sigrid Nunez Asks How Should We Live When All Seems Doomed

In her poignant and meditative new novel, “What Are You Going Through,” Sigrid Nunez writes as if we sit with the narrator in her living room, listening to her thoughts on companionship, on...

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Colors of Easter: A Review of Rick Barot’s During the Pandemic

On the penultimate page in my copy of During the Pandemic, Rick Barot’s poignant new chapbook, I am told: “You are holding No. 77.” The numbers are penciled onto the page in a small, neat...

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Review of Danielle Evans’s The Office of Historical Corrections

Zachary Barnes The Office of Historical Corrections is Danielle Evans’s newest collection of six short stories and a novella. These stories are wonderfully varied, with settings like a life-sized...

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A Review of A Fish Growing Lungs

By Sarah Wilson I first met Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn for coffee just over three years ago. She had just finished her MFA and moved back to the DC metro area. We were introduced by a mutual friend who...

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Reading The Lonely City without a Magic Bullet

By Melissa Wade I stare at the rain pouring down from the clogged gutters outside my window, realizing I have yet to talk to another human today. I asked my dog if he wanted to go for a walk, but it...

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A Review of “Blizzard” by Henri Cole

I’ve come to the conclusion I have a strange idea as to what the purpose of  “eco-poetics” is. While I originally saw it as any other poem, except that its aesthetics involve nature...

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