Reviews 2.4

A Decent Ransom by Ivana Hrubá

A Decent Ransom by Ivana Hrubá

Reviews, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 Kunati Books, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-60164-162-5 Paperback, 258 pp., $14.95 Review by Scott Bowen Often forgotten are the many sides of the usual two-way interaction between kidnapper and kidnapped. Not so in Ivana Hrubá’s debut novel, A Decent Ransom. In 258 […]

Hard Reds by Brandi Homan

Hard Reds by Brandi Homan

Reviews, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 Shearsman Books, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-905700-81-3 Paperback, 95 pp., $15 Review by Karen J. Weyant Hard Reds, by Brandi Homan, is a collection of edges. From the title alone, a reader might surmise that these edges will be sharp, precarious, and […]

Figures for a Darkroom Voice by Noah Eli Gordon and Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Figures for a Darkroom Voice by Noah Eli Gordon and Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Reviews, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2007 ISBN-10: 0977901955; ISBN-13: 9780977901951 Paperback, 88 pp., $14 Review by Christopher Vera Figures for a Darkroom Voice is a sometimes difficult and sometimes brilliant collection of poetry. Several of the pieces have a photographic theme or […]

Shell Games by Noel Sloboda

Shell Games by Noel Sloboda

Reviews, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 Sunnyoutside, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-934513-08-8 Paperback, 56 pp., $10 Reviewed by Eric Weinstein Sloboda’s poems are a bit of an enigma; not unlike those of Collins or Kooser, they make use of simple language to deliver surprisingly intricate and profound treatments […]

For All These Wretched, Beautiful, & Insignificant Things So Uselessly & Carelessly Destroyed… by Hosho McCreesh

For All These Wretched, Beautiful, & Insignificant Things So Uselessly & Carelessly Destroyed… by Hosho McCreesh

Reviews, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 Sunnyoutside, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-934513-09-5 Paperback, 52 pp., $10 Review by Eric Weinstein Hosho McCreesh’s poems are a struggle in more ways than one. We can certainly appreciate their taking on the broadest and most metaphysically significant questions of human existence—why […]

Only the Dead Know Albany by Alan Catlin

Only the Dead Know Albany by Alan Catlin

Reviews, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 Sunnyoutside, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-934513-11-8 Paperback, 32 pp., $10 Review by Christopher Vera Judging from Alan Catlin’s new poetry chapbook there’s an unreported infestation of living dead shambling and groaning their way through Albany, New York. Only the Dead Know Albany […]

Swimming Back by Taylor Altman

Swimming Back by Taylor Altman

Reviews, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 Sunnyoutside Press, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-934513-07-1 Paperback, 48 pp., $10 Review by Eric Weinstein Swimming Back is haunted—by a lost father, a vanished childhood, and the histories of the objects that remind us of them. Things swept away, both by water […]

Tatterdemalion by Ray Succre

Tatterdemalion by Ray Succre

Reviews, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 Cauliay Publishing, 2008 ISBN-10: 0955496489; ISBN-13: 9780955496486 Paperback, 316 pp., $21 Review by Erin McKnight Tatterdemalion isn’t as much one man’s personal account of a descent into isolating madness as it is his exploration of the space that remains once […]

Resurrection of the Dust by John McKernan

Resurrection of the Dust by John McKernan

Reviews, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 The Backwaters Press, March 2007 ISBN: 978-0978578251 Paperback, 232 pp., $22 Review by Christopher Vera In Resurrection of the Dust, John McKernan demonstrates a talent for dark, sometimes humorous, often macabre poetry in this perfect-bound soft-cover collection of 172 poems. […]

Nothing Unrequited Here by Heather Bell

Nothing Unrequited Here by Heather Bell

Reviews, Vol. 2.4, Dec. 2008 Verve Bath Press, 2008 Staple-bound, 38 pp., $4.99 Reviewed by Cynthia Reeser A delicately-designed book from Verve Bath Press, Heather Bell’s Nothing Unrequited Here contains works to which equal attention has been devoted to craft. Bell’s poems evoke the alternate […]