A Review of  Dancing at the Gold Monkey by Allen Learst

A Review of Dancing at the Gold Monkey by Allen Learst

In Allen Learst’s collection, Dancing at the Gold Monkey, a group of Vietnam veterans struggle with the question of what comes next. The question already suggests the impossibility of either healing or forgetting. “Next” only comes in relation to what came before,...
Review of  Dear Editor  by Amy Newman

Review of Dear Editor by Amy Newman

  Amy Newman’s latest collection, Dear Editor (Persea Books, 2011), is as funny as it is poignant. Told in three ‘seasons’ of prose poems, almost every poem begins “Dear Editor: Please consider the enclosed poems for publication.” We never get to read the poems...
Slow Burn: Review of Ship of Fool by William Trowbridge

Slow Burn: Review of Ship of Fool by William Trowbridge

GMR’s “Slow Burn” review series looks back at titles that continue to smolder, still, beneath the embers of last year or even the year before.     A fundamental paradox of the contemporary poetry collection is that poets, unlike novelists,...
Review of Vs. Death Noises by Marcus Pactor

Review of Vs. Death Noises by Marcus Pactor

  It’s hard to read Marcus Pactor’s Vs. Death Noises without thinking of J.G. Ballard. The crime-scene labeled portrayal of character in “The Archived Steve,” the incantation-based narrative in “Spell Compendium,” the number-tagged dialogue in “Loss? Found?” and...
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