Book Reviews

Ronald Primeau/Poetry Review

In the Measuring by Carol Smallwood Shanti Arts, 2018. Brunswick, Maine 116 pages, $14.95, paperback. Available on Amazon. Review by Ronald Primeau t is often said that we cannot measure what is real, what...

The Magician’s Trick/Bill Mesce, Jr.

Photo by Rob Potter on Unsplash *** The Magician's Trick: Telling, Not Showing   by Bill Mesce, Jr. ossibly one of the most cited maxims in writing is, “Show, don’t tell.”  And like most writing maxims, this...

Emily Vogel/Book Review

The Infinite Doctrine of Water by Michael T. Young Series: Terrapin Poetry Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Terrapin Books (April 1, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1947896016 ISBN-13: 978-1947896017 $5.99 Kindle/$12.99 Paperback from AMAZON   Review by Emily Vogel...

In Hubble’s Shadow/Book Review

In Hubble’s Shadow by Carol Smallwood Shanti Arts, 2017, Brunswick, Maine 98 pages, $14.95, paperback https://www.amazon.com/   Review by Jennifer L. Dean he early 90s were exciting and troubling times—the...

Jim Feast/Book Review

          border crossings by Thaddeus RutkowskiPaperback, 6"x9"96 pagesSensitive Skin BooksISBN: 978-1977850898$12.95   by Jim Feast There is a poem called “Border Crossings” in a new book of the same name by Thaddeus Rutkowski. It’s a theme picked up in other verses...

Paul Sohar on John Amen’s “… Overwhelm”

“Illusion of an Overwhelm” by John Amen New York Quarterly Books First Edition 72 Pages Paperback ISBN-10: 1630450480 ISBN-13: 978-1630450489   By Paul Sohar It was no illusion, but a real “overwhelm” that this reader experienced going over John Amen’s latest volume...

Judith Skillman/RD Armstrong Review

      Orphaned Words: Forgotten Poems from a Haphazard Life by RD Armstrong $20.00 USD + shipping, 246 pp   A Review by Judith Skillman In RD Armstrong’s Orphaned Words, we find a rare honesty, beginning with the poet’s forward: “If it weren’t for LUMMOX Press, I’d be...

The Drunkards/Book Review

“The Drunkards” by L.M. Rivera Omnidawn Publishing Copyright 2018 ISBN 1632430541, 9781632430540 144 Pages $11.93 Review by Emily Vogel L.M. Rivera’s new collection of poetry, “The Drunkards” is first of all predicated upon and associated with numerous notions and...

The Second O of Sorrow/Review

  The Second O in Sorrow Format: Kindle Edition Size of the file: 552 KB Number of pages in the print edition: 104 pages Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd. (April 10, 2018) Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. English language ASIN: B07BTDVZ84           The Second O in Sorrow...

Books for Long Nights/Reviews

  About Consciousness by Heath Brougher (ISBN #1974100529) 2017 46 pages,  12" x 8.5", paperback, full color ($14.99) Alien Buddha Press. Middleton, DE (https://alienbuddhapress.com/)   About Consciousness by Heath Brougher Review by Eli T. Mond   [dropcap...

Summer Reading for the Fall

    Summer's Over, but Don't Let That Stop You... from burying yourself in these fine reads   by Mike Foldes Took awhile to get enough traction to settle down and actually plow through anything but a few hundred emails containing repetitive updates on news of the day,...

Carol Smallwood/Book Review

Meter is often challenging for any poet to handle and it is discussed with easy to understand examples, definitions. It has the best chapter on meter I’ve run across and should help even the most timid poet—or even those accomplished in using it.

BOOKS and More Books/September 2017

    Floating Tales by Jeff Friedman ISBN 978-1-941196-46-5 $21.95, paper. Plume Editions, MadHat Press Asheville NC https://madhat-press.com/collections/plume-editions   Floating Tales by Jeff Friedman With an introduction by Daniel Lawless   Reviewed by William...

Painting Rust & Blood and Salsa – Tom Bradley Review

Full disclosure: Jonathan Penton is this reviewer’s fraternal twin. That’s right. The author currently under examination was parturated clinging onto my red-hairy ankle. He entered upon this particular incarnation all primed to fuck me out of my birthright for some dribbles of lentil soup the color of blood, salsa and unpainted rust. So, how have I managed, in this strange critique, to approach my rival sibling’s stuff with such an unjaundiced eye? Is it due to the magisterial disinterestedness of my critical faculty?

Perhaps it’s just because—as I’ve suddenly come to realize, now that Bradley’s Complaint has been duly lodged and I’ve delivered myself of my authorial pet peeve—I don’t give a fuck. I don’t even recognize the notion of birthright.

8 Books Worth A Look/Reviews

Queen Kong by Amanda J. Bradley 88 Pages, 7 x 10 Library of Congress Control Number:  2017930503 ISBN:  978-1-63045-038-0 Anticipated Publication Date:  April 24,, 2017 Cover Illustration by Mikayla Lewis  by Emily Vogel, Poetry Editor Much of classic feminist theory...

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