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Book Review: A BLISTER OF STARS by Jason Irwin

A Blister of Stars by Jason Irwin Low Ghost Press, 2016 $8.00 Reviewed by Shelby Newsom Winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award for Watering the Dead (Pavement Saw Press, 2008) and author of the chapbooks Where You Are (Night Ballet Press, 2014) and Some Days It’s a Love Story (Slipstream Press, 2005), Jason Irwin’s most recent collection, A […]

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Book Review: THE CANOPY by Patricia Clark

The Canopy by Patricia Clark Terrapin Books, 2017 $16.00 Reviewed by Marie Orttenburger  I often found myself without breath while reading Patricia Clark’s new collection of poetry, The Canopy. The poems quietly knocked the wind out of me. The collection dwells in loss and the ways death can take things from us, both slowly and all at once. […]

The Eternal Return of the Same

by Gerry LaFemina Sometime in the late nineties a writer friend of mine said that if you ever wanted to write a Charles Simic poem all you needed was the moon, an alley, a young child, a woman in a babushka, and perhaps a chicken. I thought of this recently after finishing up a first […]

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Book Review: RUST BELT BOY by Paul Hertneky

Rust Belt Boy:  Stories of An American Childhood by Paul Hertneky Bauhan Publishing, 2016 $21.95 Reviewed by Kelly Kepner Paul Hertneky exemplifies Western Pennsylvanian familiarity in his new essay collection, Rust Belt Boy: Stories of an American Childhood. Hailing from a place known for its bullshitting, a gift explored in the essay, “Humility and Its Opposite,” Hertneky […]

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Book Review: THE LOSS OF ALL LOST THINGS by Amina Gautier

The Loss of All Lost Things by Amina Gautier Elixir Press, 2016 $17.00 Reviewed by Shelby Vane Not all loss is created equal. As I read Amina Gautier’s third collection of short stories, The Loss of All Lost Things (Elixir Press 2015), I tried to imagine the extent of loss I could endure. The loss of a […]

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Book Review: A CONTRIVED WORLD by Jung Young-Moon

A Contrived World by Jung Young Moon Trans. by Jeffrey Karvonen & Mah Eunji Dalkey Archives Press, 2016 $16.00 Reviewed by Heather McAdams Constructing A Contrived World, Korean writer and translator Jung Young Moon layers thoughtful vignettes, pulled from his narrator’s vivid imagination, to weave fiction and reality together. Set in the streets of a fictitious San Francisco, […]