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...
Review of SYSTEM OF GHOSTS by Lindsay Tigue

Review of SYSTEM OF GHOSTS by Lindsay Tigue

System of Ghosts by Lindsay Tigue. University of Iowa Press. 2016. System of Ghosts is not an archive of spirits or dead things, but an analysis of the living. The reader is not a complacent audience waiting to be entertained, but an active traveler.  Tigue’s voice is...
Review of POOR YOUR SOUL by Mira Ptacin

Review of POOR YOUR SOUL by Mira Ptacin

Poor Your Soul by Mira Ptacin SoHo Press. 2016. Despite changes that reproductive medicine has wrought over the last half century, the childbearing narrative still unfolds along familiar lines. Conception, pregnancy, and delivery offer a beginning, middle—and an end...
Review of LOST AND FOUND by Andrew Merton

Review of LOST AND FOUND by Andrew Merton

  Lost and Found by Andrew Merton Accents Publishing. 2016. In October of 2013 I received an email from Andrew Merton—a journalist, essayist, poet and professor Emeritus of English at the University of Hampshire. Although he and I were not acquainted, he’d...
Review of BECOMING LYLA DORE by Teri Youmans Grimm

Review of BECOMING LYLA DORE by Teri Youmans Grimm

  Becoming Lyla Dore by Teri Youmans Grimm Red Hen Press. 2016.   Silent films are, for most of us, part of a quaint and distant past. In flickering black and white, accompanied by piano or organ, plots unfold via the exaggerated physical movements of the...
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