On the subject of serial killers, poet Ruth Danon writes that they “leave notes, write in code.” They “grow increasingly impatient.”
“They hate the dark,” she muses. “They want to be found.”
So do poets. And Danon’s latest collection, Word Has It (Nirala Publications, 2018) reads like a series of notes dispatched from the brink of an apocalypse. Birds fall from the sky. Red-eyed people weep. There is blood. Dark, ominous omens of all shapes and sizes rain down.
Neil Shepard Prize in Fiction Judged by Molly Antopol Prize Winner: Sharon White Finalists: Daniel Riordan Sharon White Katrin Gibb Neil Shepard Prize in Nonfiction Judged by Amy Fusselman Prize Winner: Harry Leeds Finalists: Caroline Sutton Annie Dawid Harry Leeds...
Fall 2015 (Vol. 28, No. 2) FICTION: (2015 Neil Shepard Prize Winner) Sharon White, Nat Schmookler, Brooks Sterritt, Janis Hubschman, Anna Maria Hong, Maurice Carlos Ruffin POETRY: (2015 Neil Shepard Prize Winner) Annie Christain, J. Allyn Rosser, Joel Brouwer, Erin...
At their best, books are not just books but experiences that summon us back into a distant memory of ourselves and our parents. Noy Holland has accomplished this with Bird, to be released in November by Counterpoint Press.
My good girl and me was happy as goldfish till she got pregnant. She would handle it. We agreed.
Hearty and well-deserved congratulations to Elizabeth A. Powell! She is the winner of the 2015 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry judged by Maureen Seaton.
You had Hair on Broadway with naked actors/
while we had the tame movie version/
This book has the look and feel of a novel written for teenagers and subsequent movie adaptation.
Quirk is hard to do well. Magic realism and absurdist tropes can (and often do) serve as tools to avoid the exploration necessary to get inside characters’ heads.