Review of SYSTEM OF GHOSTS by Lindsay Tigue

Review of SYSTEM OF GHOSTS by Lindsay Tigue

System of Ghosts by Lindsay Tigue. University of Iowa Press. 2016. System of Ghosts is not an archive of spirits or dead things, but an analysis of the living. The reader is not a complacent audience waiting to be entertained, but an active traveler.  Tigue’s voice is...
Review of POOR YOUR SOUL by Mira Ptacin

Review of POOR YOUR SOUL by Mira Ptacin

Poor Your Soul by Mira Ptacin SoHo Press. 2016. Despite changes that reproductive medicine has wrought over the last half century, the childbearing narrative still unfolds along familiar lines. Conception, pregnancy, and delivery offer a beginning, middle—and an end...
Review of LOST AND FOUND by Andrew Merton

Review of LOST AND FOUND by Andrew Merton

  Lost and Found by Andrew Merton Accents Publishing. 2016. In October of 2013 I received an email from Andrew Merton—a journalist, essayist, poet and professor Emeritus of English at the University of Hampshire. Although he and I were not acquainted, he’d...
Review of BECOMING LYLA DORE by Teri Youmans Grimm

Review of BECOMING LYLA DORE by Teri Youmans Grimm

  Becoming Lyla Dore by Teri Youmans Grimm Red Hen Press. 2016.   Silent films are, for most of us, part of a quaint and distant past. In flickering black and white, accompanied by piano or organ, plots unfold via the exaggerated physical movements of the...
Review of SHIFT by Marylen Grigas

Review of SHIFT by Marylen Grigas

Shift by Marylen Grigas Nature’s Face Publications. 2016. One of the first poems in Marylen Grigas’ Shift, “About Muscle,” relates the life cycle of a sea squirt, a creature whose time on earth culminates when it comes to rest on a rock and devours its own...
Review of DESOLATION OF AVENUES UNTOLD by Brandon Hobson

Review of DESOLATION OF AVENUES UNTOLD by Brandon Hobson

Desolation of Avenues Untold by Brandon Hobson Civil Coping Mechanisms. 2015. I’m probably not the intended audience for Desolation of Avenues Untold, by Brandon Hobson, though my experience of reading the book was singular. It’s a decidedly unusual work of fiction, a...
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