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Lanny: A Review

March 30, 2021

Lanny is depicted as untainted by the moral failings of the adults around him. As a child, his purity is precarious—not only because he will grow up, but because his childishness makes him vulnerable to those who might prey on goodness. 

Fossils in the Making: A Review

March 8, 2021

The poems move between both the urgency and complacency of living in a world which is being destroyed by our way of life. 

Quirk that Works: A Review of Winter Honeymoon

February 11, 2021

Appel’s skill is in crafting beautiful, tender moments that stand alone in their stories, and though they may not be logical or entirely practical, these moments are undeniably human.

Minutes of Glory: A Review

February 11, 2021

The collection of four somewhat thematic, loosely chronological sections illustrates not only the development of a powerful anti-colonial voice, but the hidden glories and tragedies and silent shames of colonial and postcolonial Kenya.

Glory and Its Litany of Horrors: A Review

December 17, 2020

“Shouting is easy, Mario, what is difficult is to be born into hearing,” coaches a director as Cardoso stumbles into his first big theater role and eventual stardom.

Homie: A Review

November 11, 2020

Smith’s voice is drenched with protest, no longer willing to conceive of a reality where black bodies are expected to comply and resist…