Reviews 4.3

Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else by Carmen Giménez Smith

Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else by Carmen Giménez Smith

Reviews, Vol. 4.3, Sept. 2010 U of Arizona Press, 2010 Camino del Sol: A Latina and Latino Literary Series ISBN: 978-0-8165-2869-1 Perfect bound, 112 pp., $15.95 Review by Cynthia Reeser To take the work of an artist, a writer, a creative professional, and to add […]

Guest House by Barbara K. Richardson

Guest House by Barbara K. Richardson

Reviews, Vol. 4.3, Sept. 2010 Bay Tree Publishing, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-9819577-1-5 Paperback, 216 pp., $14 Review by Laura Ellen Scott At the center of Barbara K. Richardson’s novel Guest House is the stalwart Melba Burns who, after witnessing a horrible accident, chooses to retreat from […]

The Dissemblers by Liza Campbell

The Dissemblers by Liza Campbell

Reviews, Vol. 4.3, Sept. 2010 The Permanent Press, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-57962-205-3 Cloth, 200 pp., $26 Review by Cynthia Reeser Liza Campbell’s first novel, The Dissemblers, is a work of emotional depth that explores the boundaries of vision and what it means to see. Ivy is […]

In the Architecture of Bone by Alan Semerdjian

In the Architecture of Bone by Alan Semerdjian

Reviews, Vol. 4.3, Sept. 2010 GenPop Books, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-9823594-0-2 Paperback, 120 pp., $15 Review by Erin McKnight In search of “a dare of home,” Alan Semerdjian confronts the structure of Armenian memory as located within genocide and genetics. Laying out an assemblage of cultural […]

The Zoo, A Going: (The Tropic House) by J.A. Tyler

The Zoo, A Going: (The Tropic House) by J.A. Tyler

Reviews, Vol. 4.3, Sept. 2010 Sunnyoutside, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-934513-26-2 Saddle-stitched, 24 pp., $12 Review by Cynthia Reeser At its most essential, The Zoo, A Going : (The Tropic House), is a flash fiction collection that is a telling from a young boy’s perspective of his […]

The Really Funny Thing About Apathy by Chelsea Martin

The Really Funny Thing About Apathy by Chelsea Martin

Reviews, Vol. 4.3, Sept. 2010 Sunnyoutside, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-934513-24-8 Paperback, 68 pp., $13 Review by Laura Ellen Scott The rhetoric swings from playful to paranoid in Chelsea Martin’s The Really Funny Thing About Apathy, a collection of four Zeno’s paradox-based stories that examine the illusion […]

Ghost Machine by Ben Mirov

Ghost Machine by Ben Mirov

Reviews, Vol. 4.3, Sept. 2010 Caketrain Press, 2010 Perfect bound, 110 pp., $8 Review by Eric Weinstein The winner of the 2009 Caketrain chapbook competition, Ben Mirov’s Ghost Machine is exactly what it sounds like: a device programmed to produce echoes of the past, to […]

Night Songs by Kristina Marie Darling

Night Songs by Kristina Marie Darling

Reviews, Vol. 4.3, Sept. 2010 Gold Wake Press, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-9826309-2-1 Perfect bound, 62 pp., $14 Review by Cynthia Reeser Kristina Marie Darling’s Night Songs is a poetry collection that speaks to transformation, from the platforms of the stage, or the orchestra pit, or the […]

From Old Notebooks by Evan Lavender-Smith

From Old Notebooks by Evan Lavender-Smith

Reviews, Vol. 4.3, Sept. 2010 BlazeVox [books], 2010 ISBN: 978-1-9354028-5-5 Paperback, 178 pp., $16 Review by Callista Buchen Evan Lavender-Smith’s From Old Notebooks implodes genre expectations and conventions; it rejects individual genre classification while presenting coexistent, indistinguishable, seemingly opposing forces. Composed of short entries, some […]

The Fire Diaries by Matt Schumacher

The Fire Diaries by Matt Schumacher

Reviews, Vol. 4.3, Sept. 2010 Wordcraft of Oregon, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-877655-67-8 Perfect bound, 102 pp., $14 Review by Eric Weinstein “I, Prometheus Acetylene, one-eyed vagrant thief and malcontent, flagrantly confess the troubled contents of this diary are mine…” So begins The Fire Diaries, Matt Schumacher’s […]