Category: Reviews

A Review of “daughterrarium” by Sheila McMullin

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

A Review of “Killing Summer” by Sarah Browning

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

Review of Sandra Lim’s The Wilderness

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.

Review of J.K. Daniels’ Wedding Pulls

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.

Review of Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s Water & Salt

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.

Review of Dana Levin’s Banana Palace

Reviewed by Cloud Spurlock  Dana Levin is an accomplished contemporary poet having published four books of poetry in under 20 years. In the Surgical Theatre

Review of Aaaron Coleman’s “St. Trigger”

The title piece, “St. Trigger,” is constructed like shrapnel from a shotgun miraculously made into words flung upon the page. Each of the words is interconnected, originating from the same source, but disparate and dislocated and uncontrolled.

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