Reviews

Book Review: John M. Fitzgerald is Yeats Revisited
 (A necessary and soulful companion for the cosmopolitan)

Favorite Bedtime Stories by John FitzGerald Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2014, 78 pages, paperback Review by Erna Cooper There are those of us who support the muse because it is a silenced, treasured part of ourselves, locked away. And there are those who release it without the means of support, because we cannot help ourselves. John …

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Review of Cynthia Hogue’s Revenance

In section two of Revenance, Cynthia Hogue’s eighth collection, she writes about the process of re-constructing a lost interview with Samizdat poet, Olga Sedakova. Hogue (and her friend, Professor Slava Yastremski) interviewed Sedakova in 1999, but their tape recorders failed and the backup “mangled the speech” (31). Hogue was left with pages of notes she …

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Review of Pussy: Poems About Things You Think Are Pornographic by Maria Garcia Teutsch

Pussy, Poems about things you think are Pornographic Bilingual: English and French Edition Henry Miller Memorial Library 2014 Reviewed by Christine Hamm What does “Pussy” mean? On the playground, it means wimp; in the bedroom, it means female genitalia. But to many feminists and women who ground their work in a sense of pride about …

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Review of Martin Ott’s Captive

Reviewed by Elsie Ohem In rhetorical criticism, one way to view a text, whether that be a non-fiction or fiction text, is to find the underlying metaphor that constructs the entire piece. In a similar case, poetry can be viewed as a text in which multiple facets of metaphors interweave to display many sides of …

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[Mary]: Chapbook

Review of [Mary]:

[Mary]: by J. Hope Stein Hyacinth Girl Press, 2012 In her chapbook [Mary]:, J. Hope Stein embraces the challenge of writing about Thomas Edison, a man who—much like poets—is so closely associated with invention. What makes Stein so successful here is that she doesn’t dwell on history we have already learned. Instead, she focuses on …

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“Monsters, Little Forevers, Beautiful Brief Flight”: Review of Judith Vollmer’s The Water Books

The Water Books by Judith Vollmer Autumn House Press: 2012 Judith Vollmer teaches at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation, and is founding editor of the literary journal 5 AM. This is her fourth collection. Review by Emily Vizzo A poem is …

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The Danger in Dreaming: A Review of The Psychiatrist, New and Old Poems, by Mariela Griffor

Reviewed by Russell Thorburn In The Psychiatrist, a collection of poems both old and new by Mariela Griffor, we learn of her love for those she left behind in Chile during the Pinochet regime. The first poem from a previous collection entitled Exiliana, “Love for a subversive,” meditates on that very subject in lyrical lines …

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