Book Review

Book Review

The Book of Scab

by on May 14, 2020

Written by Danielle PafundaReview by Anahita Safarzadeh Dear Ugly Little Scab – we see you, we feel you, you are not alone. As the chronically ill Scab manifests within her passages, so do shared realities…

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by on May 8, 2020

Written by Rodrigo Marquez TizanoTranslated by Thomas BunsteadReview by John Venegas What is the measure of a good piece of fiction? You’d think after all these reviews, I’d have a definition. But the truth is…

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Unearth [The Flowers]

by on April 30, 2020

Written by Thea MatthewsReview by Sarah Bethe Nelson The natural world of botany creates a scientific boundary around these deeply confessional poems. Thea Matthews’s debut collection, Unearth [The Flowers], uses the Latin names for plant…

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Materia Prima

by on February 13, 2020

Can it be said that awe is an underappreciated emotion? I’m sure we’ve all got at least one friend that uses “awesome” as if it were going out of style (and let’s face it; it…

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A Stab in the Dark

by on July 12, 2019

I know this is going to make me sound very old, but I do feel there is something of a lost art to sarcasm, snark, and satire. Part of that is the fact that so…

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When I Spoke in Tongues

by on February 14, 2019

When I Spoke In Tongues, by Jessica WilbanksReview by Lily Blackburn That some believe in a spiritual language, one that negates form but can be coaxed from silence – connecting one to a higher power – is the source…

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After the Winter

by on December 6, 2018

After the Winter by Guadalupe Nettel Review by John Venegas   I don’t know that anything can be said to be simple anymore. Everything has its context and, in that context, everything attaches to a…

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by on November 1, 2018

Inquisition, by Kazim Ali Review by Dan Alter   Extravagance is one way to talk about the sensibility animating Kazim Ali’s new collection. These are lush, wild poems, overflowing with sonic, verbal and formal play….

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Testimony of Circumstances

by on October 9, 2018

Testimony of Circumstances, by Rodrigo Lira Translated by Thomas Rothe and Rodrigo Olavarría Review by John Venegas   I try to write these reviews from a perspective of cultural implication and value. That is to…

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by on September 25, 2018

Othered, by Randi Romo Review by Stacy Pendergrast   To read Randi Romo’s Othered is to share both the grief and resilience of one woman who has been “othered” — as a Xicana, a queer,…

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Lessons in Camouflage

by on September 6, 2018

Lessons in Camouflage, by Martin Ott Review by John Venegas I find it difficult to fully conceptualize the extent to which patriarchy has inundated and insinuated itself into our society. That is by no means…

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by on July 17, 2018

Drift, by Chris Campanioni Review by Michael Browne “I want to capture everything,” a character says in the opening pages of Chris Campanioni’s new novel Drift, echoing the very millennial compulsion to document everything, and…

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