Reviews

A Cleansing Tornado: Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff by Sara Borjas

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Undergirding all the truth about pain is the triumph that comes from having a heart like a window and a mouth like a cliff.

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A Strange Liminal Space: George Abraham’s The Specimen’s Apology

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Each formal experiment is a temporary hole into a new world that opens, then collapses, behind the reader.

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A Hard-Won Love: NOS by Aby Kaupang and Matthew Cooperman

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The child is born of them, yet is other to them; they work on behalf, and yet despite, and also against her.

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A Live Ember: Stephanie Strickland’s How the Universe Is Made

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Over time, Strickland’s lines themselves grow wild, less uniform in their patterns of indentation. Like root structures deep in the ground, they branch in many directions.

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Painful Celebrations: Five Books for National Poetry Month

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Every act of reading is inseparable from what the reader has encountered before.

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Melodic, Honorable Engagement: Ryan Vine, T. R. Hummer, and Norman Finkelstein

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Reading Vine, Hummer and Finkelstein, in an era in which people often feel almost flattened, we rise.

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Peripheral Terror: Total Recall by Samantha Giles

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There is horror in how a memory can be altered or rendered “false” by exterior forces.

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Through the Translator’s Lens: Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough’s Objects of Affection

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For Hryniewicz-Yarbrough, language provides a stronger connection with the past than nationality alone.

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Urgent Connections: Negative Space and Too Afraid to Cry

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There’s no such thing as too much of this kind of light, especially in dark times.

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Violence and Tenderness: The Explosive Expert’s Wife by Shara Lessley

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Lessley’s poems remind us: “Because to cry’s / a sign, to cry is proof, / there’s life.”

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The Illusion of Wholeness: Sophie Collins’s Who is Mary Sue?

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When reading this book, expect your notions of speaker—and even what a book of poetry is—to be challenged.

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Unsung Choices: Blue Rose by Carol Muske-Dukes

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Can women ever fully escape the restrictions upon them, the risk to their bodies that comes from being born female?

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A Subjective Magic: Jenny Boully’s Betwixt-and-Between

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Boully splays open her own torso and readers divine what they need to from the spill of her organs.

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