Reviews 2.2

Black Glasses Like Clark Kent: A GI’s Secret from Postwar Japan by Terese Svoboda

Black Glasses Like Clark Kent: A GI’s Secret from Postwar Japan by Terese Svoboda

Reviews, Vol. 2.2, June 2008 Graywolf Press, 2008 ISBN: 978-1555974909 Paperback, 225 pp., $14 Review by Cynthia Reeser “My uncle is Superman. With black Clark Kent glasses, grapefruit-sized biceps, lots of brilliantined thick dark hair, and a solid jaw, six-four and as handsome as all […]

Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal

Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal

Reviews, Vol. 2.2, June 2008 Yale University Press, 2007 ISBN: 978-0300142235 Paperback, 608 pp., $18 Review by Wayne F. Burke In Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer, Tim Jeal affirms through judicious scholarship what many have long suspected: Henry Morton Stanley, of “Dr. […]

National Anthem by Kevin Prufer

National Anthem by Kevin Prufer

Reviews, Vol. 2.2, June 2008 Four Way Books, 2008 ISBN: 978-1884800832 Paperback, 80 pp., $15.95 Review by Cynthia Reeser The poetry in National Anthem, simply put, is necessary. Gritty and vibrantly-realized, Kevin Prufer’s work is a concretization of an imagined apocalypse—an analysis of the nation’s […]

Sound + Noise by Curtis Smith

Sound + Noise by Curtis Smith

Reviews, Vol. 2.2, June 2008 Casperian Books, 2008 ISBN: 978-1934081044 Paperback, 164 pp. Review by Erin McKnight What exists in the space between sound and noise? Between the children of a diving class, forming “an unruly line at the deep end, their bare feet slapping […]

Savage Machinery by Karen Rigby

Savage Machinery by Karen Rigby

Reviews, Vol. 2.2, June 2008 Finishing Line Press, 2008 ISBN: 978-1599242873 Hardcover, $14 Reviewed by Cynthia Reeser Karen Rigby, author of Festival Bone, will be publishing Savage Machinery, forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in September. Rigby’s work is a must-read for appreciators of the language […]

Factory of Tears by Valzhyna Mort

Factory of Tears by Valzhyna Mort

Reviews, Vol. 2.2, June 2008 Translated from Belarusian by the author, Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright and Franz Wright Copper Canyon Press, 2008 ISBN: 978-1556592744 Paperback, 116 pp., $15 Review by Cynthia Reeser Factory of Tears, originally written in Valzhyna Mort’s native Belarusian, appears with the translation […]

Call Me Waiter by Joseph Torra

Call Me Waiter by Joseph Torra

Pressed Wafer, 2008 ISBN: 978-0978515652 Paperback, 134 pp., $10 By Erin McKnight For twenty-five years Joseph Torra “lived a life of a writer and a servant by night.” In his autobiographical novel, Call Me Waiter, Torra recounts his time in the restaurant industry, where he […]

Living Proof by Mary Bonina

Living Proof by Mary Bonina

Reviews, Vol. 2.2, June 2008 Cervena Barva Press, 2007 Staple-bound, 45 pp. Review by Jen Garfield Mary Bonina’s Living Proof is a hefty forty-five pages and worth every drop of ink Cervena Barva Press shelled out to bring it into the world. Each poem reads […]

In a Town Called Mundomuerto by Randall Silvis

In a Town Called Mundomuerto by Randall Silvis

Reviews, Vol. 2.2, June 2008 Omnidawn Press, 2007 ISBN: 978-1890650193 Paperback, 160 pp., $12.95 Reviewed by Cynthia Reeser Randall Silvis, author of eight previous works of fiction, takes center stage with his latest novel. In a Town Called Mundomuerto is a pure delight of fabulist […]

Light in Hand: Selected Early Poems of Lola Ridge, Edited by Daniel Tobin

Light in Hand: Selected Early Poems of Lola Ridge, Edited by Daniel Tobin

Reviews, Vol. 2.2, June 2008 Quale Press, 2007 ISBN: 978-0979299919 Paperback, 102 pp., $15 Reviewed by Cynthia Reeser In Daniel Tobin’s introduction to Light in Hand: Selected Early Poems of Lola Ridge, a picture of an ascetic, self-made woman emerges. Ridge, born in Dublin in […]