Reviews

Book Review: Life in Suspension / La Vie Suspendue by Hélène Cardona

Life in Suspension / La Vie Suspendue by Hélène Cardona Salmon Press, 2016 Reviewed by Alison Williams     If a purpose of poetry is to transcend, then Hélène Cardona’s poems in her new book Life in Suspension / La Vie Suspendue reflect a linguistic spiritual transcendence that is illuminated on every page.  It is a transcendence, …

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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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