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Your Art Will Save Your Life: A Review

October 30, 2018

by OLIVIA NEAL   Beth Pickens, Your Art Will Save Your Life (Feminist Press, April 2018), pp. 136 Not everyone will like this book because not everyone needs this book. In Your Art Will Save Your Life, Beth Pickens speaks to … Continued

The Science of Lost Futures: A Review

October 9, 2018

by ANI GOVJIAN Ryan Habermeyer, The Science of Lost Futures (BOA Editions, May 2018), pp. 216 Ryan Habermeyer makes beautiful promises of inventive tales drenched in the bizarre and unsettling. Each tale in his new collection, The Science of Lost Futures, … Continued

Treeborne: A Review

September 20, 2018

by KARAH MITCHELL Caleb Johnson, Treeborne: A Novel (New York: Picador, 2018), pp. 304 Caleb Johnson’s debut novel, Treeborne (Picador, 2018), begins and ends with a flood of biblical proportions.  When the De Soto dam in Elberta, Alabama breaks, it conquers everything … Continued

Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics: A Review

September 3, 2018

by KYLAN RICE Selah Saterstrom, Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics. Essay Press, 2017, pp. 290 The poets’ rightful mood is ecstasy. Poets dwell in ekstasis—that is, outside themselves, bodies without organs, effusing their very flesh “in eddies and…in lacy … Continued

Meditations on the Mother Tongue: A Review

August 5, 2018

by ELISA FAISON An Tran, Meditations on the Mother Tongue. C&R Press, January 2017, pp. 154 An Tran’s debut collection Meditations on the Mother Tongue (C&R Press, 2017) is composed of twelve stories. The setting stretches from Sumatra, to the mainland United … Continued

Temporary People: A Review

July 19, 2018

by PAUL BLOM Deepak Unnikrishnan. Temporary People.   Restless Books, 2017, pp. 227. A suitcase sprouts limbs and eventually turns into a man. A woman tapes shattered bodies back together. Laborers are grown from seeds. A revolution grows from seeds … Continued

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions: A Review

July 11, 2018

by ANNEKE SCHWOB Valeria Luiselli. Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions  Coffee House Press, April 2017, pp. 136.  Valeria Luiselli is a Mexican writer whose novels and essays are formally complex and often surreal. In 2015, having … Continued

Lit Up: A Review

June 30, 2018

by KYLAN RICE Lit Up by Chris Glomski.  The Cultural Society, 2017, pp. 96.  In his new book Lit Up (The Cultural Society, 2017), Chris Glomski shows what lyric poetry looks like in the neoliberal age. When he writes in “Lyric,” … Continued

The Gunners: A Review

June 20, 2018

by BENJAMIN J. MURPHY Rebecca Kauffman. The Gunners. Counterpoint Press, 2018, pp. 224. Mikey is going blind, but he is our window into the small realism of Rebecca Kauffman’s second novel, The Gunners (Counterpoint Press, 2018). Though Mikey is apprehensive … Continued

New American Best Friend: A Review

May 28, 2018

by OLIVIA NEAL Olivia Gatwood. New American Best Friend. Button Poetry. March 2017. pp. 60.  “when they call you a bitch, say thank you. / say thank you, very much.” This is the powerful final line of Olivia Gatwood’s debut … Continued