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;...
Review of HHhH by Laurent Binet (trans. Sam Taylor)

Review of HHhH by Laurent Binet (trans. Sam Taylor)

    Laurent Binet’s HHhH follows Operation Anthropoid, the Allied plot to assassinate SS-Obergrüppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich by Slovak warrant officer Jozef Gabčík and Czech staff sergeant Jan Kubiš. The assassination succeeded, if not exactly as planned, though both...
Review of Compass by Luc Phinney

Review of Compass by Luc Phinney

              I’m no spark plug, but I know           my arms bleed strength, and atrophy           with every pleasure. Forget pleasure.           Let me hang unlit light-strings           in the trees, give me a plastic chair           to sit myself down in, and let...
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