Reviews

A Heart-Centered Engagement: Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

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Thompson-Spires illustrate[s] the psychic traps set when myths take precedence over lived experience, when “the monstrous head deforms the face.”

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Reinforcing the Resistance, Aiding the Anxious: Three Poetry Anthologies

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Barbara Berman reviews three social justice oriented poetry anthologies today at The Rumpus.

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Trust Us When We’re Sick: Maya Dusenbery’s Doing Harm

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The systems created for men by men are not sufficient in caring for women. Different bodies and chemical makeups, of course, require different treatments.

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Tarnished, Shiny Exteriors: Kate Braverman’s A Good Day for Seppuku

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With A Good Day for Seppuku, Braverman has written a collection of intense images and exacting language

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This Most Vulnerable of Houses: Fady Joudah’s Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance

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These poems, poised at the intersections of the material, the metaphorical, and the spiritual, fold into and out of one another as their boundaries dissolve with question after question.

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Logic and Lack of Logic: Best American Experimental Writing 2016

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A crucial part of what makes experimental writing fresh is the way sight works with what is said, whether the material is performed or read in silence.

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So Much Love of Death: A Crown of Violets by Renée Vivien

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Translation always sacrifices something, and Pious, in her translations, has been consistent about the choice to cleave to some formal principles and lean away from others.

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Map-Making: Alex Dimitrov’s Together and By Ourselves

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At one point, I write in my margin: There is no X marks the spot for treasure here. The map is the treasure. Which is another way of saying: this book is the bounty; these poems are the gold.

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A Desi Win: Trust No Aunty by Maria Qamar

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What started off as a coping mechanism to deal with the widening generational gap within immigrant families, Qamar has shaped into a new philosophy for cultural in-betweeners.

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