Forest for the Trees

by Gerry LaFemina If you’re ever on the island of Tobago, I urge you to take a tour of the Main Ridge Rainforest with Fitzroy Quamina. He’s worked in the Reserve for years; he grew up on Tobago and studied forestry, so he knows his stuff. I met him when he pulled beside us as […]

Decorating the House: An Allegory of Revision

by Gerry LaFemina stanza: late 16th century: from Italian meaning station, stopping-place, or room. Four years ago, I bought a house, a small three-bedroom ranch in Frostburg, Maryland. I liked its mid-century modern touches (archways, a telephone nook) and its humble size on a good plot of land. I was moving from a two-bedroom apartment and would […]

Book Review: THERE SHOULD BE FLOWERS by J. Jennifer Espinoza

There Should be Flowers by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016 $15.95 Reviewed by Kelly Tiernan Joshua Jennifer Espinoza’s There Should Be Flowers is an unyielding call for compassion in a world that continuously tries to suppress the voices of marginalized groups. The collection outlines her journey from a young boy whose silence is the […]

Variations on a Theme of Birdsong

by Gerry LaFemina One of the hardest things to think about in terms of revision beyond the first draft is seeing what’s possible outside the margins of what’s already written, which is to say not how to make the poem longer, tighter, musically  more compelling, but, rather, to explore the alternative poems running parallel to […]

Book Review: OBJECTS OF AFFECTION by Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough

Objects of Affection  by Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough Braddock Avenue Books, 2018 $13.00 Reviewed by Zoe Kovacs Polish-born Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough has made a life out of translating, that fraught, “imperfect art which depends on what Czesław Miłosz called ‘the conscious acceptance of imperfect solutions.’” It’s the leveling of two languages and two cultures on ground foreign to each, […]

Book Review: PERSONAL SCIENCE by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

Personal Science  by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram Tupelo Press, 2017 $16.95 Reviewed by Zoe Kovacs Lillian-Yvonne Bertram writes under the premise that all of her writing is essentially a continuation of the same work. As she puts it in an interview with The Rumpus, her work is: “a single life project,” the books are “artifacts that mark points […]