Reviews 3.2

A Good School by Richard Yates

A Good School by Richard Yates

Reviews, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 Picador, 2001 ISBN-10: 0312420390; ISBN-13: 978-0312420390 Paperback, 192 pp., $17 Review by Kadzi Mutizwa What is it about mid-20th-century, all-male, New England prep schools that inspires so much literary consideration? A Good School joins that crowded field, but evokes more […]

Castle by J. Robert Lennon

Castle by J. Robert Lennon

Reviews, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 Graywolf Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-I-55597-522-7 Paperback, 229 pp., $14 Review by Scott Bowen In his latest novel, Castle, J. Robert Lennon offers a tale presented by a hero of John Wayne-like masculinity, the likes of which are often absent from […]

Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch

Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch

Reviews, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 Little, Brown & Co., 2009 ISBN-10: 0316000663; ISBN-13: 978-0316000666 Paperback, 464 pp., $18 Review by Wayne F. Burke Flannery O’Connor’s publication of A Good Man is Hard to Find (1955), was the most impressive debut story collection since publication of […]

Deaf American Poetry: An Anthology edited by John Lee Clark

Deaf American Poetry: An Anthology edited by John Lee Clark

Reviews, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 Gallaudet University Press, 2009 ISBN-10: 1-56368-413-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-56368-413-5 Paperback, 280 pp., $35 Review by Cynthia Reeser Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. –Thomas Carlyle The exciting new anthology of Deaf American […]

Finale by Paul A. Toth

Finale by Paul A. Toth

Reviews, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-933293-85-1 Paperback, $13.95 Review by Cynthia Reeser Paul A. Toth’s novel Finale concludes in a surrealist declension, in the sense of both the grammar and plot, which collides with all the fractal possibility and […]

Big American Trip by Christian Peet

Big American Trip by Christian Peet

Reviews, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 Shearsman Books, March 2009 ISBN: 978-1-84861-015-6 Paperback, 100 pp., $15 Review by Cynthia Reeser Big American Trip is deceptive. Written as a collection of postcards in a non-native voice, the slim volume packs a mighty punch, especially in its exploration […]

Night-Sea by Rachel Moritz

Night-Sea by Rachel Moritz

Reviews, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 New Michigan Press, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-934832-16-5 Paperback, 60 pp., $9 Review by Eric Weinstein Reading Rachel Moritz’s Night-Sea, I couldn’t help but think of Whitman; although Moritz’s line is much shorter than Whitman’s (often only four or five words in […]

The National Virginity Pledge by Barry Graham

The National Virginity Pledge by Barry Graham

Reviews, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 Another Sky Press, 2009 ISBN: 0977605183 Paperback, 100 pp. Review by Kadzi Mutizwa None of the characters who (dis)grace the pages of Barry Graham’s The National Virginity Pledge have taken anything resembling a virginity pledge, but I found myself wishing […]

Flying for the Window by Charles Coté

Flying for the Window by Charles Coté

Reviews, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 Finishing Line Press, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-59924-354-2 Paperback, $14 Review by Eric Weinstein The elegy is an old form; it dates back at least as far as Archilochus, a Greek poet born on the island of Paros over two thousand years […]

Spring Wanderings by J.H. Martin

Spring Wanderings by J.H. Martin

Reviews, Vol. 3.2, June 2009 Rivers & Lakes Press, 2009 Review by Erin McKnight If Spring Wanderings embodies “an old dusty bowl,” J.H. Martin casts his reader in the shape of “a spoon”—this union between aged vessel and modern interpretation responsible for the “filling with […]