Then, Matthew Daddona reviews Carl Adamshick’s “empathetic” collection, Saint Friend. The poet employs a “smooth and elegiac rhetoric that is more concerned with sonic repetition than it is flawless consistency.” Adamshick’s book is worth a look for its “flair,” its “speed,” and its willingness to experiment with form.
And in the Sunday Rumpus Interview, author Jeff Parker sits down to talk with Thomas Burke about his novel Where Bears Roam the Streets. The book is about Russia and a bald-headed, foul-mouthed character named Igor. In his conversation with Burke, Parker rehashes some important moments from the writing process that eventually produced the novel and discusses its “humane” coming-of-age story that focuses on a young man who has matured under the regime of Vladimir Putin.