Reviews 4.1

A Pragmatist and His Free Spirit: The Half-Century Romance of Hu Shi and Edith Clifford Williams by Susan Chan Egan & Chih-p’ing Chou

A Pragmatist and His Free Spirit: The Half-Century Romance of Hu Shi and Edith Clifford Williams by Susan Chan Egan & Chih-p’ing Chou

Reviews, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 The Chinese University Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-9629963415 Paperback; 410 pp.; $30 Review by Erin McKnight His life arguably the most chronicled in Chinese history, it is incontrovertible that the “pragmatist” referenced in this prodigious work’s title is social reformist Hu […]

Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan

Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan

Reviews, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 Simon & Schuster, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-4165-9624-0 Hardcover, 404 pp., $25 Review by Cynthia Reeser Laden in the heady atmosphere of the contemporary fairy-tale, with more than a passing nod to magical realism, Erick Setiawan’s debut novel Of Bees and Mist […]

Stars of the Night Commute by Ana Bozicevic

Stars of the Night Commute by Ana Bozicevic

Reviews, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-9825416-0-9 Perfect bound, 73 pp., $14 Review by Cynthia Reeser Stars of the Night Commute is Croatian-born poet Ana Bozicevic’s first full-length collection of poetry. The cover art, Ícono, a 1945 painting by Remedios Varo, […]

Undetectable by Brent Armendinger

Undetectable by Brent Armendinger

Reviews, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 New Michigan Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-934832-20-2 Perfect bound, 60 pp., $9 Review by Eric Weinstein Brent Armendinger’s Undetectable is consumed by the interstitial. This fascinating body of work plays out entirely between the body as an aspect of the self […]

The Plot Genie by Gillian Conoley

The Plot Genie by Gillian Conoley

Reviews, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 Omnidawn Publishing, 2009 ISBN: 978-1890650421 Perfect bound; 96 pp.; $14.95 Review by Kadzi Mutizwa It’s official: the predestination vs. free will debate is far from dead. In her timeless, time-traveling medley of interwoven poems, Conoley gets right to one of […]

What to Tell the Sleeping Babies by M.R.B. Chelko

What to Tell the Sleeping Babies by M.R.B. Chelko

Reviews, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 Cover art by Justin Towart Sunnyoutside, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-934513-22-4 Saddle stitched, 24 pp., $12 Review by Cynthia Reeser 2009 Lumina Poetry Contest winner M.R.B. Chelko’s chapbook, What to Tell the Sleeping Babies, is a playful, enjoyable read. The poet’s enthusiasm […]

Omnivore by Allan Peterson

Omnivore by Allan Peterson

Reviews, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 Bateau Press, 2009 ISBN 978-0-9795325-2-8 Perfect bound; 20 pp.; $18 Review by Cynthia Reeser Pushcart-nominated Allan Peterson is a veteran craftsman of language. He has been the recipient of National Endowment for the Arts and Florida State fellowships, and Omnivore […]

We Call This Thing Between Us Love by Jason Mott

We Call This Thing Between Us Love by Jason Mott

Reviews, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 Main Street Rag, 2009 ISBN 978-1-59948-210-1 Perfect bound, 82 pp., $14.00 Review by Eric Weinstein Poems about love—particularly books of said poems—are inevitably dangerous. This is not only because love poetry is perhaps the most ubiquitous variety in the history […]

Dodging Traffic by J. Bradley

Dodging Traffic by J. Bradley

Reviews, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 Ampersand Books, 2009 ISBN: 978-0984102525 Perfect bound; 93 pp.; $12 Review by Teresa Houle Ampersand Books has done the literary scene justice by publishing this and the book itself is a quality piece of printing. This book proves to me […]

Theory of Mind: New & Selected Poems by Bin Ramke

Theory of Mind: New & Selected Poems by Bin Ramke

Reviews, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 Omnidawn, 2009 ISBN 978-1-890650-41-4 Perfect bound, 200 pp., $16.95 Review by Eric Weinstein “There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein Bin Ramke’s Theory of Mind: New & Selected Poems more than delivers on the promise of […]