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A Review of “daughterrarium” by Sheila McMullin

Kristen Brida

Review by Kristen Brida

daughterrarium
Publisher: Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Author: Sheila McMullin
ISBN: 978-0-9963167-5-0
Pub Date:4/1/2017
Retail Price:$ 16.00

I have read through McMullin’s debut collection daughterrarium at least twice. The first time I read them, I scribbled in the margins with a little more urgency than when I take notes for other books I read. The second time …

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A Review of “Killing Summer” by Sarah Browning

Holly Mason

Review by Holly Mason

Killing Summer
Publisher: Sibling Rivalry Press
Author: Sarah Browning 
ISBN: 978-1-943977-40-6 
Publication Date: 9/21/2017 
Retail Price: $14.95

At a time when poets and writers are frequently and earnestly asking the age-old question of What can I do to help, to make change in this current social and political climate?, we can look to Sarah Browning as an …

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The First Time I Died by Brittany Kerfoot

Brittany Kerfoot

The first time I died, I felt fireworks shoot down my legs and I could taste their colors: red like your heart before it stopped and turned gray, golden green like your eyes. My chest was heavy and my head was light; my eyes were swollen like a prize fighter’s.

I touched you and repeated I’m sorry, I love you, I’m sorry.

When you saw me, you raised …

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A Flash Essay by Traci Cox

Traci Cox

 

 

Smudge.

I hate that word.

            Smudge.

Do you say it in two syllables, or three?

[My Arkansas friend says it in three. Suh-muh-dge.]

So many consonants, all piled up; clutter. Rolling around. Alphabet soup.

Taste dirt. Taste sad. Taste. Taste—

            Smudge.

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“Pinched like a pear,” my mom would say. Mouth closed, a little pucker, sweet sour smooth. But not a kiss; not a real kiss. It was bad, …

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