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Journeying Through the Fear Tactic That Is the Subtle & the Severe: Reading Sarah Rose Nordgren’s Best Bones

  Before I get started, I have a (positive!) confession to make: I wrote this review four times. I read a lot of poetry, but it’s rare to discover a collection that is unique in its severity, one that equally makes you cringe and keeps you reading with mutual ease. And this, by far, was… Read More Journeying Through the Fear Tactic That Is the Subtle & the Severe: Reading Sarah Rose Nordgren’s Best Bones

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Stages of Fear & Domestication: Reading Laura Madeline Wiseman’s Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience

  Click here to see my review of American Galactic. You’ve heard the stories—two children lost out in the woods, little girl in a red-hooded cloak, three little pigs—we all have. And, admittedly, I have “red” many poetry collections (whether or not intentionally) that focus exclusively on the fairy tale, though I have never read… Read More Stages of Fear & Domestication: Reading Laura Madeline Wiseman’s Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience

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Costume or Skin, A Reckoning: Reading Laura Madeline Wiseman’s American Galatic

  Click here to see my review of Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience. We’ve all been there—wondered about life, the afterlife, and whether there could be life on other planets. These are interesting questions, because, to the common wonderer (someone who isn’t a scientist or theologist, and someone who hasn’t somehow miraculously died… Read More Costume or Skin, A Reckoning: Reading Laura Madeline Wiseman’s American Galatic

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The Pursuit of Truth in Image & Idea: Reading Frederick Pollack’s A Poverty of Words

  I don’t know about you, but I always find myself looking for new—either ‘new’ or ‘new-to-me’—writers who might teach me something new about how I read and how I approach writing. I also try to make it a regular habit to reach out to writers whose aesthetic differs from my own: those rooted entirely… Read More The Pursuit of Truth in Image & Idea: Reading Frederick Pollack’s A Poverty of Words

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Grief as Celebration & Grief as Beauty: Reading Michalle Gould’s Resurrection Party

  We all have such differing definitions and expectations of grief. When asked to define grief, love, beauty, we often begin to play a game of word association, or we resort to metaphors and personification. Pain and sorrow. My heart hurts. It’s like a well that never fills up. But when I think about grief…… Read More Grief as Celebration & Grief as Beauty: Reading Michalle Gould’s Resurrection Party

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Grief as Meditation, Grief as Art: Reading Meg Day’s Last Psalm at Sea Level

  Writing reviews can be extremely difficult. What’s ironic, though, is that I tend to find greater difficulty in writing a review about a book that I loved, rather than one I was unimpressed with. Perhaps this is because I tend to find some angle of merit in each work that I read—a particular writing… Read More Grief as Meditation, Grief as Art: Reading Meg Day’s Last Psalm at Sea Level

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We Could Do Better, You and I: Ecology, Design and Poetry: Reading Betsy Andrews’ The Bottom

  Click here to view my interview with Betsy Andrews. When I first began reading Betsy Andrews’ book-length poem, The Bottom, I was reminded of an incident that occurred nearly two years ago now. In October of 2012, an article appeared on Slate.com regarding a large, startlingly-blue eye that had washed up on a Florida… Read More We Could Do Better, You and I: Ecology, Design and Poetry: Reading Betsy Andrews’ The Bottom

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The Phobia, the Philia, and the Altered Persona: Reading Jessica Piazza’s Interrobang

  Click here to view my follow-up interview with Jessica Piazza! Jessica Piazza’s debut full-length poetry collection, Interrobang, is all at once lovely, inquisitive and complex. I found myself startled by the constant alteration of the persona; the interjection of the phobia and the philia as a backdrop for the persona’s transformation; and Piazza’s mastery… Read More The Phobia, the Philia, and the Altered Persona: Reading Jessica Piazza’s Interrobang

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“The Snapping Open of a Valve / A Bird’s Egg”: Reading Kerrin McCadden’s Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes

  No matter how long I’ve been reading and writing professionally, it still amazes me how much a little time away can contribute to my appreciation of a larger work. During my first year as the Layout and Design Editor at New Issues Poetry and Prose, I had the extreme benefit of working with Kerrin… Read More “The Snapping Open of a Valve / A Bird’s Egg”: Reading Kerrin McCadden’s Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes

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