Posts Tagged: Books

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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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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New-Old, Old-New: Erica Dawson’s When Rap Spoke Straight to God

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Dawson plays with many tropes—light and dark, the spiritual vs. the corporeal—while questioning the everyday myths that surround us.

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Form as Container: Samantha Zighelboim’s The Fat Sonnets

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Zighelboim almost has to break the form into pieces in order to speak; a fourteen-word poem is really only the echo of a sonnet.

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Two Extraordinary Books: Bullets into Bells and Inquisition

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The obscenities and tragedies of American life pile up with speed, and in quantities, that are appalling.

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A Kind of Communal History: Nepantla edited by Christopher Soto

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Fundamentally, [Nepantla] is an act of history-making in verse.

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The Depths We Don’t Have Words For: Sally Bliumis-Dunn’s Echolocation

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[R]eading these poems feels like looking down into deep water, being able to see only so far and no farther.

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Both Insider and Outsider: Victoria Chang’s Barbie Chang

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Barbie Chang is an intelligent, lively portrayal of the pressures on contemporary women (especially mothers), and a breathlessly entertaining read.

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