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...
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...
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