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Book Review

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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by on June 12, 2018

Litane, by Alejandro Tarrab Translation by Clare Sullivan Review by John Venegas   One of the holy grails in the study of physics is something called a unified field theory. In short, we have theories…

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by on May 24, 2018

Afterland, by Mai Der Vang Review by John Venegas The kind of art you never want to get used to is that which is both beautiful and covering a deeply unsettling truth. In part, this…

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When People Die

by on May 15, 2018

When People Die by Thomas Moore   Review by Michael Browne     Exciting indie imprint Kiddiepunk have long been a purveyor of fringe / esoteric media and literature. Home to Dennis Cooper’s .gif novels,…

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Orange Lady

by on May 1, 2018

Orange Lady, by Erika Ayón Review by Brian Dunlap How does a place look? How does it feel? How does it smell? Who lives there? What makes up the lives of the people who live there?…

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Calling A Wolf A Wolf

by on April 12, 2018

Calling a Wolf a Wolf, by Kaveh Akbar Review by John Venegas   It is a well worn cliche to ask where the time has gone. Our perception of time is a malleable reckoning of…

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