The Mouth of the Poem

by Gerry LaFemina Often, we’ll talk about the ear of a poem—its aurality, how the poem sounds. We talk about alliteration and rhyme and the elusive “flow” of the poem and figure out that poems are about how they sound in our ear as listeners. And why not? We go to poetry readings, sit in […]

Book Review: I DON’T THINK OF YOU (UNTIL I DO) by Tatiana Ryckman

I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do) by Tatiana Ryckman  Future Tense Books, 2017 $12.00 Reviewed by Kelly Dasta I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do) by Tatiana Ryckman is a poetic novella about love, heartbreak, and distance. Over a short but powerful 110 pages, Ryckman details a gender ambiguous narrator’s struggles in a […]

Book Review: ALL THE NEWS I NEED by Joan Frank

All the News I Need by Joan Frank UMass Press, 2017 $19.95 Reviewed by Casey Reiland The fear of aging is a common concern; our society stresses over it and the media highlights it as a negative process. Finding wrinkles and gray hair is a disastrous discovery, and there is always the worry of becoming too static. […]

Slant Rhyming Images

by Gerry LaFemina Mark Doty’s “Broadway” begins with this opening: “Under Grand Central’s tattered vault / —maybe half a dozen electric stars still lit— / one saxophone blew….” It’s an opening that places us, and highlights the constellations on the ceiling of Grand Central’s main terminal. A page later into the poem we are told […]

Book Review: A MORAL TALE, AND OTHER MORAL TALES by Josh Emmons

A Moral Tale, and Other Moral Tales by Josh Emmons Dzanc Books, 2017 $16.95 Reviewed by Bryce Johle Josh Emmons’s first collection of short stories follows a man, a woman, an artist, a tiger, an egg, and more through a menagerie of tales consisting of both brand new concepts and classic fables rethought with refreshing imagination. […]

Book Review: THE DOG LOOKS HAPPY UPSIDE DOWN by Meg

The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down by Meg Pokrass Etruscan Press, 2017 $15.00 Reviewed by Bryce Johle One can only hope that their book review could be as concise and affecting as one of Meg Pokrass’s stories in her collection, The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down. Sporting fifty raw and honest vignettes, this text beckons […]