Review of We Did Not Fear the Father by Charles Fort

Review of We Did Not Fear the Father by Charles Fort

We did not fear the father as the barber who stood like a general in a white jacket with a green visor cap . . . // . . . We did not fear our father until he stooped in the dark. (“We Did Not Fear the Father”) As an entity, We Did Not Fear the Father might be summed...
Review of Creature by Amina Cain

Review of Creature by Amina Cain

  Amina Cain’s collection, Creature (Dorothy Project, 2013), owes great debts to the writing of Marguerite Duras and Clarice Lispector. Cain samples bits of their prose, and elsewhere mimics and tweaks their styles. Consider how Cain takes the stripped-down approach...
Slow Burn: Review of Double Agent by Michelle Chan Brown

Slow Burn: Review of Double Agent by Michelle Chan Brown

  Michelle Chan Brown’s Double Agent won the Kore Press First Book Prize, selected by Bhanu Kapil, in 2011. I received the book a few months book and was sad it took so long to get to me and so happy it finally did. “Apollo 11” is a poem that broke me apart into...
Review of New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

Review of New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

    The poetry of David Lehman probably shouldn’t be as good as it is. Some of its features could lead a hurried, presumptuous reader to classify the poems as the secretions of a stodgy intellectual. There are allusions to works in the Western canon aplenty. A...
Review of Thresherphobe by Mark Halliday

Review of Thresherphobe by Mark Halliday

    Up until the age of say fifteen, I would undergo a very particular sensation whenever I received a haircut. As the hairdresser ran her hands over my scalp, or as some part of her brushed up against my ear to position herself for the next trimming maneuver, a weird...
Review of Failure and I Bury the Body by Sasha West

Review of Failure and I Bury the Body by Sasha West

  Sasha West has chosen an unlikely, yet intriguing, travel companion in her poetry collection, Failure and I Bury the Body from Harper Perennial. Selected by D. Nurske as a winner of the 2012 National Poetry Series, West’s collection details a speaker’s misadventures...