Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting by Kevin Powers

A Review of “Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting” by Jonathan Maule

Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting Kevin Powers Little, Brown and Company, April 1, 2014 Reviewed by Jonathan Maule The Weight of What Remains: A Review of Kevin Powers’ Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting Kevin Powers is a poet who knows our country is blackout drunk on “making little pieces of…
Meet Me Here at Dawn: Stephanie Klahr

A Review of “Meet Me Here at Dawn” by Anatoly Molotkov

Meet Me Here at Dawn by Sophie Klahr YesYes Books, December 1, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-936919-42-0 Reviewed by Anatoly Molotkov Sophie Klahr doesn’t offer much biographical information on her website, http://www.sophieklahr.org. It’s as if the poet could be anyone, a non-person, non-entity, a collection of words. Fragmentary constructions are abundant in her starkly stated and marvelously tangible…

Book Review: SFWP Annual: Selections from the SFWP Quarterly

SFWP Annual: Volume 1 Selections from the SWFP Quarterly Editor: Melanie J. Cordova Contributors: Samantha Edmonds, “How to Be” Kelli Jo Ford, “Terra Firma” Sadie Hoagland, “Dementia, 1692” Randon Billings Noble, “Moon and the Man” Kerri Pierce, “Better Than Six” Emily Rems, “Absolution Bake Shop” N. R. Robinson, “Our Institutions” June Sylvester Saraceno, “Buttercup Chain”…

Book Review: The Missing Girl by Jacqueline Doyle

The Missing Girl Jacqueline Doyle Black Lawrence Press, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-62557-983-6 When it comes to narratives on missing and abducted girls, we normally explore titillating, abhorrent, and violent story arcs, for understandable reasons. But, Jacqueline Doyle’s chapbook of flash fictions, The Missing Girl, gives a deeper sense of abhorrence and haunting in the sheer simplicity,…

Book Review: The Brand New Catastrophe

The Brand New Catastrophe Mike Scalise Sarabande Books, 2017 260 pp.   The writer who chooses memoir as a medium faces a daunting challenge: to ground himself in the personal—in a specific, unique, individual life—and somehow open back out into the world of larger human experience, where readers live. For the writers of an illness…

Book Review: In Which I Play the Runaway

Madeleine Wattenberg In Which I Play the Runaway Rochelle Hurt Barrow Street Press, 2016 ISBN 978-0-9973184-2-5 Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the differences between establishing voice through the use of “you” or “we” or “I”. Which asks the reader to enter and enact the experience of the poem? Which implicates the reader and…

Book Review: The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement

Sherry Chandler   The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement. by Diane Lockward Wind Publications ISBN 978-0-9969871-1-0   Those who come to Diane Lockward’s The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement expecting her usual lush color won’t be disappointed, though they may be surprised—three of the book’s five sections end with a poem addressed to a color. But bright…

6 Kickass Stories to Kick Off Your ‘Read More’ New Year’s Resolution

6 Kickass Stories to Kick Off Your ‘Read More’ New Year’s Resolution by Lina Patton   I get it. It’s hard to find time to read. Even as someone who has dedicated their life to books— the reading of them, teaching of them, attempts at writing them—it’s difficult, because nowadays, there are so many other…

Book Review: Imagine Not Drowning

Imagine Not Drowning by Kelli Allen C&R Press January 2017 978-1-936196-68-5 “Hands,” “mouth,” “time,” “body.” “Fingers, skin, story, touch.” “Come close.” “Know me.” These words appear most frequently in Kelli Allen’s Imagine Not Drowning. They quickly assert the book’s concerns. See me watching you. Listen to me speak. Help me make this shared experience meaningful. And…

One with the Tiger: The Animal Within

One with the Tiger Steven Church Soft Skull Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-1593766504 Think of the last time you went to the zoo. This is how I recall my most recent visit. An oppressively hot and humid summer day; all around me sweaty parents lugged bulky strollers and neared the brink of losing their mind (if…
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