A Review of “daughterrarium” by Sheila McMullin

Kristen Brida

Review by Kristen Brida

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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Review of Sandra Lim’s The Wilderness

Madeleine Wattenberg

Though Lim engages heavily in an existential insistence of death, her poems often sharply turn, as though almost on accident, to a life-affirming image. She returns to the motif of a beating heart in several poems—an image that centralizes the self as at least part material body.

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Review of J.K. Daniels’ Wedding Pulls

Melanie Tague

Daniels’ Wedding Pulls is a collection rooted first and foremost in place, that place being New Orleans. Daniels uses place not only to ground her readers, but to present them with culture rich in tradition. Beginning with the proem “On St. Charles Ave.” Daniel’s sets the reader up for what to expect throughout the book: highly sonic, highly image driven poetry that explores not only New Orleans, but the institution of marriage and the traditions (i.e. wedding pulls) that surround it in New Orleans.

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Review of Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s Water & Salt

Danielle Badra

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s Water & Salt is one of the most gorgeous renderings of the Levant I’ve ever read. Tuffaha, an Arab-American poet of Palestinian, Jordanian, and Syrian heritage, writes from a place of familial memory and nostalgia, a place of longing and loss, of displacement and deciphering home. Tuffaha’s poems are required reading material for any Arab-American literature list, and for all Americans whose knowledge of the Middle East ends at what the media reports.

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