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Writing Through: You Are No Longer in Trouble by Nicole Stellon O’Donnell

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There are no line breaks here because there are no breaks here.

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The Power of the Crone: Ursula K. Le Guin’s No Time to Spare

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Sweet, nurturing, platitude-accepting granny Le Guin is not.

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Fraught Woods: Chelsea Rathburn’s Still Life with Mother and Knife

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These are the woods through which we walk from an early age.

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Great Pain, Great Pleasure: Here All Night, Nightshade, and Blazons

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All three remind readers that what is imagined is not always real and the world is not as expected.

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A Decade of Surface over Significance: Sleeveless by Natasha Stagg

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A former editor at V, Stagg is no stranger to the slippage between life and editorial.

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The Fraught Nature of Belonging: Nathalie Handal’s Life in a Country Album

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Each poem opens a window into cities and vocabularies of exile.

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To Survive the World: Build Yourself a Boat by Camonghne Felix

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She wants us to know the mental and emotional labor is exhausting.

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Stay Free: Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

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Cha constructs a Los Angeles sharply different from most representations of the city.

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Exceptional Pain and Power: Lima :: Limón by Natalie Scenters-Zapico

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See how visceral? Before I opened this book, I felt I was already inside it.

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Scientific, Healing Magic: How to Know the Flowers by Jessica Smith

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A poem by Jessica Smith yields the feeling that atoms of meaning vibrate, then come together.

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Both Reckoning and Embrace: Dorianne Laux’s Only As The Day Is Long

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As the book continues, [Laux] traces a growing understanding of loss.

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A Divine Comedy of Experience: Hannah Ensor’s Love Dream with Television

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Art is a fickle running buddy, legacy jumps out unexpectedly, and love is too serious not to joke about.

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Food in Times of Need: Eat Joy edited by Natalie Eve Garrett

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This book begs to be flipped through and read with leisure.

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A Gripping, Limited Call to Arms: Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments

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There are so many happy endings that dystopia and utopia become almost indistinguishable by the novel’s end.

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Living the Unknown: Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House

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I needed this book. Maybe you will, too.

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Colonialism as Alien Invasion: Cadwell Turnbull’s The Lesson

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What if the arrival of alien life wasn’t the future, but just another recapitulation of our bloody past?

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Between Sex and Death: Deborah Landau’s Soft Targets

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Survival, for Landau, is both instinctual and ultimately pointless.

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The Violence of Forgetting: The Divers’ Game by Jesse Ball

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His is not a language that trivializes violence; it’s a language that exposes it.

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Turning and Turning: Jericho Brown’s The Tradition

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[T]his is a book in direct conversation with literary tradition.

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A Beautiful Silver Screen: Amanda Lee Koe’s Delayed Rays of a Star

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[W]hat lies beneath the arcing paths of these stars, fueling and frustrating them?

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