Posts Tagged: book review

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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Revolutionary Anger: Rebecca Traister’s Good and Mad

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The most important idea within the book is that our anger, in all its shapes, is justified.

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An Important Book: Inheriting the War edited by Laren McClung

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There is no escape from the cradle of this shame.

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Unglued from Time: Shahriar Mandanipour’s Moon Brow

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An enjoyable and thought-provoking read, Moon Brow trades on its striking and unusual formal features to allude to the complexities and consequences of war.

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Struggling toward Truth: Porochista Khakpour’s Sick

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Khakpour gathers courage, again and again, as she reaches into the most painful parts of her life, excavates them, and holds them up to the light.

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Faith and Identity: Fireworks in the Graveyard by Joy Ladin

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To “ameliorate” the desire for death or the sense of self-annihilation, Ladin finds in religion a way of reconciliation, not only within herself, but also with her community and society at large.

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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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