Review of The River Won’t Hold You by Karin Gottshall

Review of The River Won’t Hold You by Karin Gottshall

The River Won’t Hold You, Karin Gottshall The Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. 2014. 78 pp. Every poet, as a job requirement, needs at least a tolerance for solitude. Better would be a positive taste for it, or, better still, as you’ll see in...
Review of Original Bodies by Doug Ramspeck

Review of Original Bodies by Doug Ramspeck

Original Bodies, Doug Ramspeck Southern Indiana Review Press. 2014. 60pp. Doug Ramspeck’s fifth collection of poetry is the inaugural winner of The Michael Waters Poetry Prize, awarded by Southern Indiana Review. The collection is, from the first strum, a meditation...
The Interior Sidewalks of Mexico City

The Interior Sidewalks of Mexico City

The Interior Circuit Francisco Goldman Grove Atlantic, July 2014 Sidewalks Valeria Luiselli Coffee House Press, May 2014   Reading Francisco Goldman’s The Interior Circuit and Valeria Luiselli’s Sidewalks is like driving down the same highway twice, but in...
Review of You Must Remember This by Michael Bazzett

Review of You Must Remember This by Michael Bazzett

  Michael Bazzett’s first full-length collection, You Must Remember This (Milkweed Editions), shows a poet fluent in many registers. Though they range from irony to frightening sincerity, these poems are unified by their ability to make the familiar strange and...
Review of Videotape by Andrew Zawacki

Review of Videotape by Andrew Zawacki

[…]the ex-movie- plex, each raindrop a prism, its spectrum a trick of machine (“Track A Errormirror”)The life cycle of technology, it seems, begins with an idea of the future. This is followed shortly by obsolescence. What was once new becomes an embarrassing emblem,...