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Posts by: Ryan Teitman

Sightseer

Sightseer by Cynthia Marie Hoffman

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Cynthia Marie Hoffman’s excellent debut poetry collection, Sightseer, is part travelogue, part epistle, and part reclamation of the very idea of tourism. The winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, Sightseer briskly circles the globe, from Provincetown to Russia to Ireland to Poland, in poems that address the various onion-domed cathedrals, seventh-century castles, and oyster-laden beaches that the speaker encounters along the way.

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Safe as Houses

Safe as Houses, by Marie-Helene Bertino

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In matters of mystery (ghosts, psychics, horses who can do math), I am a skeptic. My mother’s natural inclination is toward belief. When my parents last took a trip to California, they visited the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot, site of a so-called “gravitational anomaly” whose potential causes range from a magma vortex to a buried spacecraft to an invisible stream of Fantastic Four-style cosmic radiation.

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