Review of HEMMING FLAMES by Patricia Colleen Murphy

Review of HEMMING FLAMES by Patricia Colleen Murphy

Hemming Flames by Patricia Colleen Murphy Utah State University Press. 2016. 80 pp. Patricia Colleen Murphy’s first collection, Hemming Flames, is an intricate and intimate portrait of family, struggle, grief, guilt, and moving through it all. It’s a book about...
Review of STANDOFF by David Tomas Martinez

Review of STANDOFF by David Tomas Martinez

Standoff by David Rivard Graywolf. 2016. David Rivard’s sixth collection of poetry, Standoff, released in 2016 by Graywolf Press totes an impressive number of glowing reviews and a heavy list of humble brag worthy laurels. Most recently it won the PEN/New England...
Review of NOT A PLACE ON ANY MAP by Alexis Paige

Review of NOT A PLACE ON ANY MAP by Alexis Paige

Not a Place on Any Map by Alexis Paige Vine Leaves Press. 2016.   Organized as a series of forty flash essays anchored by their geographic location, Not a Place on Any Map by Brevity editor Alexis Paige charts a life that stutters and snags on trauma and...
Review of PULL ME UNDER by Kelly Luce

Review of PULL ME UNDER by Kelly Luce

Pull Me Under By Kelly Luce FSG. 2016.   Back when I taught English in Japan, the worst thing that happened to me was being denied entrance to a few restaurants. Kelly Luce, author of Pull Me Under (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux), wasn’t so lucky. In this New York...
Review of DRAWING A DIAGRAM by Rosemary Badcoe

Review of DRAWING A DIAGRAM by Rosemary Badcoe

Aldrich Press/Kelsay Books. 80 pp. 2017.   The great English critic Matthew Arnold once said that he had no respect for the Romantic poets–you know, Shelley, Wordsworth, Byron–because they didn’t know enough. He would not level such a charge against...
Review of MONSTERS: A LOVE STORY by Liz Kay

Review of MONSTERS: A LOVE STORY by Liz Kay

Monsters: A Love Story by Liz Kay G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 2016. 368 pp.   Monsters: A Love Story is an exploration of loss and the ways we manipulate relationships to patch the tears in the fabric of our lives as we traverse the path of grief. The protagonist...
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