Reviews 3.4

PRESS Anthology 2009: Activism & the Avant-Garde, Ed. David Wolach

PRESS Anthology 2009: Activism & the Avant-Garde, Ed. David Wolach

Reviews, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Wheelhouse Magazine, 2009 Review by Eric Weinstein Defining “post-avant,” that nebulous artistic (non)school that encompasses the new avant-garde, the post-postmodern, et cetera, is always tricky business, but Wheelhouse Magazine’s 2009 PRESS Anthology serves as an excellent example. A marriage of […]

We Take Me Apart by Molly Gaudry

We Take Me Apart by Molly Gaudry

Reviews, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Mud Luscious Press, 2009 Review by Kadzi Mutizwa Back when I first set about to become a book editor, Molly Gaudry is the kind of uncommon writing talent that I idealistically hoped/expected to semi-routinely discover and cultivate. But I spent […]

The Mule Shoe by Perry Trouche

The Mule Shoe by Perry Trouche

Reviews, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Star Cloud Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-932842-34-0 Paperback, 230 pp., $18.95 Review by Erin McKnight In military parlance, a “mule shoe” refers to the outward-projecting angle of a vulnerable force. In early May of 1864, on the Civil War battlefield of […]

Voyeur by Rich Murphy

Voyeur by Rich Murphy

Reviews, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Gival Press, 2009 ISBN-10: 1928589480; ISBN-13: 978-1928589488 Paperback, 100 pp., $15 Review by Erin McKnight With a title like Voyeur, Rich Murphy’s heavily nominated, 2008 Gival Press Poetry Award-winning collection appropriately delivers the sordid and sensational glimpses into the domestic […]

The Future is Happy by Sarah Sarai

The Future is Happy by Sarah Sarai

Reviews, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 BlazeVOX [books], 2009 ISBN-10: 1935402358; ISBN-13: 978-1935402350 Paperback, 83 pp., $16 Review by Juliet Cook The Future is Happy, by Sarah Sarai, is a variegated quilt that demonstrates a knack for patching together unlikely juxtapositions which flow naturally and vibrantly, […]

Swimming from under My Father by Michael O’Keefe

Swimming from under My Father by Michael O’Keefe

Reviews, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Cover art by Carolyn Marks Blackwood Noble Swine Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-892687-46-3 Paperback, unnumbered, $14 Review by Cynthia Reeser Michael O’Keefe is perhaps best known for his work as an actor. Having been nominated for Golden Globe and Academy Awards, […]

State Sonnets by B. J. Best

State Sonnets by B. J. Best

Reviews, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Sunnyoutside, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-934513-20-0 Paperback, 56 pp., $13 A blurb review by Cynthia Reeser The deceptively titled State Sonnets by editor and professor B.J. Best is his fourth chapbook; I say deceptively titled, because most of the poems include or […]

Water the Moon by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

Water the Moon by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

Reviews, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Marick Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-9789041-6-6 Paperback, 88 pp. Review by Erin McKnight “Days connect years, years become places” in Fiona Sze-Lorrain’s stunning debut collection. Constituting a resonant grouping of poems that read as a meditation on the remoteness and touristry […]

Night Sweat: Poems by Nathan Leslie

Night Sweat: Poems by Nathan Leslie

Reviews, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Hamilton Stone Editions, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-9789041-6-6; ISBN 978-0-9801786-2-3 Paperback, $12.95 Review by Eric Weinstein Nathan Leslie is a gifted fiction writer, and it shows in his first collection of poetry, Night Sweat. This is intended as both praise and criticism: […]

Stains: Early Poems by Lori A. May

Stains: Early Poems by Lori A. May

Reviews, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009 Bohemian Steel Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-9735824-0-6 Paperback, 88 pp., $15.95 Review by Eric Weinstein May’s fourth collection of poems, stains, is a strange beast: on the one hand, “early poems” connotes a substantial body of poetry, just as a memoir […]