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Book Review: Barbie Chang by Victoria Chang

Barbie Chang by Victoria Chang Copper Canyon Press, 2017 IBSN: 9780688156978 $16 Reviewed by J. G. McClure Barbie Chang, Victoria Chang’s fourth collection, makes use of a voice American Poet has aptly called “equal parts searing, vulnerable, and terrified.” The eponymous character is somewhat reminiscent of John Berryman’s Henry—that darkly, often hilariously self-excoriating voice, that dizzily off-kilter way …

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Book Review: Lonesome Gnosis by Elizabeth Scanlon

Lonesome Gnosis by Elizabeth Scanlon Horsethief Books, 2017, $24 ISBN:978-0998246307 Reviewed by Matthew Girolami   Elizabeth Scanlon’s debut collection of poetry, Lonesome Gnosis, begins in Sanskrit: “They chant Kali durga namo nama because, I said, / some things just sound better in Sanskrit.” What follows (“it’s not about you get over it”) is an English permutation of …

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Book Review: The Silence that Remains by Ghassan Zaqtan

The Silence that Remains by Ghassan Zaqtan (trans. Fady Joudah) Copper Canyon Press, 2017 ISBN-13: 978-1556595141 Reviewed by J.G. McClure Ghassan Zaqtan’s volume of selected poems, The Silence That Remains, is aptly named. Throughout the collection (translated from the Arabic and with a foreword by Fady Joudah), we see a poet skilled in creating evocative, impressionistic …

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Book Review: Hallowed: New and Selected Poems by Patricia Fargnoli

Hallowed: New and Selected Poems By Patricia Fargnoli Tupelo Press, September 2017 ISBN-13: 978-1946482006 Reviewed by Z.G. Tomaszewski Reaching Toward What Shining We Are   The poems in Patricia Fargnoli’s Hallowed: New and Selected Poems (Tupelo Press, 2017) “wish to go somewhere deeper,” to that place of ultimate quiet in which anything can be remembered, …

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Book Review: Cooking with the Muse by Myra Kornfeld and Stephen Massimilla

Cooking with the Muse by Myra Kornfeld and Stephen Massimilla 500 pages Tupelo Press, 2016, $39.95 ISBN: 978-1-936797-68-4 Reviewed by Annelies Zijderveld To fall for a ripe plum is to plunge your teeth into a juicy poem, ripened for the reader. Poet Stephen Massimilla and cookbook author Myra Kornfeld explore the intersections of food and poetry …

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