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Savage Conversations: A Review

April 19, 2019

by KARAH MITCHELL LeAnne Howe, Savage Conversations (Coffee House Press, February 2019), pp. 104 LeAnne Howe’s Savage Conversations is devastating. In this experimental book that hovers between drama and poetry, dreams and the deepest reality, Howe presents a “conversation” that … Read more

Revenge of the Translator: A Review

April 1, 2019

by KATHARINE COLDIRON Brice Matthieussent, Revenge of the Translator, translated by Emma Ramadan (Deep Vellum, October 2018), pp. 352 I truly do not know where to begin with Revenge of the Translator. It’s a metatextual novel, and it’s confusing, sexy, … Read more

Bridled: A Review

March 25, 2019

by MARY SCOTT MANNING Amy Meng, Bridled (Pleiades Press, 2018), pp. 66 The flashbulb of an old-fashioned film camera throws light on the subject in the split second before the shutter opens, making the details of the scene visible. When … Read more

Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing: A Review

March 11, 2019

by NICOLE BERLAND Ursula K. Le Guin and David Naimon, Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing (Tin House, 2018), pp. 150 Rather than proposing solutions, Ursula K. Le Guin’s novels ask questions. To enter into one of her storyworlds … Read more

Öræfi: The Wasteland: A Review

February 14, 2019

by KATHARINE COLDIRON Ófeigur Sigurðsson, Öræfi: The Wasteland (Deep Vellum Books, October 2018), pp. 352 Without atmospheric accumulation, glaciers would not exist. No matter how they begin, precipitation helps them grow so large as to dwarf human perspectives. Öræfi, Ófeigur … Read more

Passing: A Review

February 3, 2019

by DON HOLMES Nella Larsen, Passing. Introduction by Darryl Pinckney & Illustrations by Maggie Lily (Restless Books, 2018), pp. 174 It was 1928 when Nella Larsen burst onto the scene during the boom of the Harlem Renaissance, an artistic period … Read more

Geography of Rebels Trilogy: A Review

January 23, 2019

by JOSHUA TAIT Maria Gabriela Llansol, Geography of Rebels Trilogy. Trans. from the Portuguese by Audrey Young (Deep Vellum, October 2018), pp. 345 “My vocation is to speak eternally,” wrote Maria Gabriela Llansol (1931-2008). And in Geography of Rebels, an ecstatic … Read more

Strawberry Fields: A Review

January 15, 2019

by KYLAN RICE Hilary Plum, Strawberry Fields (Fence 2018), pp. 224 In 2018, Time Magazine named journalists its “Person of the Year.” The magazine published four different versions of the issue’s cover featuring images of either Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal … Read more

The Wildlands: A Review

January 6, 2019

by ELISA FAISON Abby Geni, The Wildlands (Counterpoint Press, September 2018), pp. 368 “Man is the animal who tells stories,” Cora repeats. “We have to remember them. We have to tell the stories.” As with her previous fiction, Abby Geni’s … Read more