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How to Watch While Being Watched: Aisha Sabatini Sloan’s Borealis

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The experience, rather than linear, is borealian.

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Our Recognizable, Difficult, Earthly Kingdom: Such Color by Tracy K. Smith

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Composition here becomes a process of discernment rather than pure creation.

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Long Live the Book: Jessica Pressman’s Bookishness

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It opens a field of inquiry that stretches to the far corners of culture.

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Woven Fibers and Broken Threads: Katherine Agyemaa Agard’s of colour

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To be imbricated in hundreds of years of colonial violence is to be entangled in colorist logics and stories of loss and belonging that are rarely linear or singular.

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Startling Juxtapositions: Pilot Impostor by James Hannaham

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Hannaham reserves his most vivifying language for planes and crashes.

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Laughing Through It: Emily Austin’s Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead

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Morbid humor exists for a reason: to poke fun at our inevitable ends and lighten its emotional load.

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How It Would Feel to Be Free: Olivia Laing’s Everybody

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Pleasures and possibilities, though, come hard-won in this book.

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Writing from the Bottom: Active Reception by Noah Ross

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Active Reception writes into the place where language fails.

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An Elaborately Constructed Artifice: Maxwell’s Demon by Steven Hall

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Slipstream may as well be what we call our bewilderment.

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Bringing to Light: A Gathering and Tethering of Memory in Darla Himeles’s Cleave

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Poems echo, rebound, and speak to one another.

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The Trauma of Surviving: Tastes Like War by Grace M. Cho

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Amid all this survival, Cho carries the reader through with the comfort of food.

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Bright Buoy, Dark Sea: Kelli Russell Agodon’s Dialogues with Rising Tides

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Like a buoy, Agodon’s poems rise above and go below the surface.

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Wow, Mom!: Mom Genes by Abigail Tucker

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The best books I have read about motherhood have not reassured me that these feelings will resolve.

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Projective Wonder: Imagine Us, the Swarm by Muriel Leung

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The individual and the crowd might prove as false a binary as anything else, even that [perforated] line sketched between poetry and prose.

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Creating a Fractured Whole: Megan Culhane Galbraith’s The Guild of the Infant Saviour

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To have lost, found, and then lost again seems especially wrenching, a kind of unmothering.

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Birth Stories: Kendra DeColo’s I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World

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The speaker is both ruthlessly in her body and simultaneously elsewhere.

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To Start Again in a Different Place: Jhumpa Lahiri’s Whereabouts

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These are the terms Lahiri was trying to, seeking to find in Italian: this is her creed as a fiction writer.

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Of Language and Lineage: Carlina Duan’s Alien Miss

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All the while, the sound of the poetry behind the telling is sharp, rhythmic, and controlled.

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A Multi-Modal Study of Exquisite Blackness: Krista Franklin’s Too Much Midnight

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In Franklin’s telling, we are not just born, but fervent in our existence.

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A Universe of Enterprising Divas: Raphael Cormack‘s Midnight in Cairo

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In Midnight in Cairo, the lives of the enterprising divas are interlinked.

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A Transcendent Wilderness: Andrew J. Graff’s Raft of Stars

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In particular, Graff’s river is numinous. It’s the center of everything.

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