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Immortal Village

Immortal Village

Book review Immortal Village Kathryn Rhett Carnegie Mellon University Press 2018, 80pp In Kathryn Rhett’s extraordinary first collection of poetry, Immortal Village, a startling central metaphor is a small bad picture of Nicaragua, which “is all wrong— / every element...
Anatomy of a Miracle

Anatomy of a Miracle

Book Review Anatomy of a Miracle Jonathan Miles Hogarth, 351 pp, $27 There are many mysteries in life. Some aren’t too grandiose: How come parrots can talk? Other questions are bigger in scope: Is God real? Where do we go when we die? In order to answer questions of...
Let’s No One Get Hurt

Let’s No One Get Hurt

Book Review Let’s No One Get Hurt Jon Pineda Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 256 pp., $26 In Jon Pineda’s deeply satisfying, often startling second novel, Let’s No One Get Hurt, fifteen-year-old Pearl is a girl long on suffering yet short on self-pity. She...
Bringing Back the Magic

Bringing Back the Magic

Book Review Malak Jenny Sadre-Orafai Platypus Press, 80 pp., available on Kindle A Poetic Reminder of Our Agency Within Nature Depending on perception, a number of worlds exist from one person’s mind to another’s. The translation of nature onto paper, one of the...
A Wandering Poet’s Cry

A Wandering Poet’s Cry

Book Review Athena Departs: Gospel of a Man Apart Clifford Brooks Kudzu Leaf Press, 122 pp., $14.00 Good News for the Southern Man In 1970, Neil Young’s “Southern Man” challenged the white patriarchal power structure, whose dominance was founded on the enslavement of...
Episodes in Love and Misdirection

Episodes in Love and Misdirection

Book Review The Going and Goodbye Shuly Xochitl Cawood Platypus Press, 192 pp., $16.00   Exploring the Give-and-Take of Romance Finding nonfiction that accurately captures the feeling of events both big and small can prove a challenge; however, The Going and Goodbye...