Review of Signaletics by Emilia Phillips

Review of Signaletics by Emilia Phillips

    Emilia Phillips’s first collection of poems, Signaletics, masterfully builds an atmosphere like that of an ancient laboratory where the tools are out and books still open. She references texts such as Al-Jazari’s medieval Book of the Knowledge of Ingenious...
Review of Chapel of Inadvertent Joy by Jeffrey McDaniel

Review of Chapel of Inadvertent Joy by Jeffrey McDaniel

    Chapel of Inadvertent Joy, the fifth full-length collection from Jeffrey McDaniel, takes its title from a Marina Tsvetaeva line: “I shall lead you, as a guest form another country, / to the Chapel of Inadvertent Joy.” Like Tsetaeva, McDaniel connects to the reader...

Review of John the Posthumous by Jason Schwartz

    Jason Schwartz’s John the Posthumous (OR Books, 2013) is a luscious work of fiction. I am not sure if I can call it a novel. I am sure that I do not care whether it is or is not. The book is the product of a uniquely intelligent, elegant writer.   It is full of...
Review of American Chew by Matthew Lippman

Review of American Chew by Matthew Lippman

    When one picks up Matthew Lippman’s new collection, American Chew, the inevitable question surfaces: what is ‘American’ about American Chew? Divided into two parts, this collection takes on, without hesitation, issues of race, gender, sexuality and politics;...
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