Reviews 4.4

How They Were Found by Matt Bell

How They Were Found by Matt Bell

Reviews, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Keyhole Press, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-9821512-5-9 Perfect bound, 250 pp., $13.95 Review by Cynthia Reeser “It has been dark as long as I can remember, long enough that the sun grows increasingly theoretical, abstract.” —from “The Receiving Tower,” How They Were […]

At the End of Time: The Incomplete Works of Richard Krech, Volume II by Richard Krech

At the End of Time: The Incomplete Works of Richard Krech, Volume II by Richard Krech

Reviews, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Sunnyoutside, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-934513-27-9 Perfect bound, 194 pp., $20 Review by Eric Weinstein Richard Krech’s poetic sensibility occupies an interstitial space between the hybrid lyric characteristic of contemporary American poetry and that of the twentieth-century poets cataloged in Donald Allen’s […]

Sweetgrass by Micah Ling

Sweetgrass by Micah Ling

Reviews, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Sunnyoutside, November 2010 ISBN: 978-1-934513-25-5 Perfect bound, 66 pp., $13 Review by Kathleen Kirk Sweetgrass, by Micah Ling, is a real beauty. It starts with a lineated poem in free verse and proceeds mostly as a set of prose poems, always […]

Vivisection by Eric Weinstein

Vivisection by Eric Weinstein

Reviews, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 New Michigan Press, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-934832-25-7 Perfect bound, 61 pp., $9 Review by Cynthia Reeser The language of Eric Weinstein’s Vivisection (winner of the 2010 Diagram/New Michigan Press chapbook contest) is intricate, precise, multifoliate. As a collection, the poems speak […]

Black-Eyed Heifer by Shelly Taylor

Black-Eyed Heifer by Shelly Taylor

Reviews, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2010 ISBN: 978-0982541647 Perfect bound, 88 pp., $14 Review by Eric Weinstein The prose poem, though often cited as an experimental poetic form, isn’t new: it’s at least as old as the nineteenth century, during which Charles […]

Fractured West, Issue 1

Fractured West, Issue 1

Reviews, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Fractured West, Issue 01 Review by Tim Dicks Fractured West has launched itself with a first issue that demonstrates the suitability of sex for very short fiction: the subject and the form both necessitate intensity, play out in the strange, […]

Danke Schoen by Alexandria Ashford

Danke Schoen by Alexandria Ashford

Reviews, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 The Poetry Press of Press Americana, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-9789041-0-4 Perfect bound, 59 pp., $15 Review by Patricia Caspers Alexandria Ashford’s book, Danke Schoen, her first, opens with two epigraphs presented as a call and response. First, W.S. Merwin: “I have […]

The Shame of What We Are by Sam Gridley

The Shame of What We Are by Sam Gridley

Reviews, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 New Door Books, 2010 ISBN: 978-0978863647 Perfect bound, 208 pp., $12.95 Review by Laura Bogart If we can take any consolation from the neo-conservative backlash that’s currently making celebrities of “grizzly moms” and actual senators (shudder) of former frat boys […]

Lambs of Men by Charles Dodd White

Lambs of Men by Charles Dodd White

Reviews, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 Casperian Books, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-934081-27-3 Paperback, 158 pp., $13.50 Review by Laura Ellen Scott In the absorbing Lambs of Men, Charles Dodd White hangs a tale of masculinity and grief upon the myth that men can bear what women cannot. […]

Security by Linda K. Sienkiewicz

Security by Linda K. Sienkiewicz

Reviews, Vol. 4.4, Dec. 2010 March Street Press, 2010 ISBN: 978-1596611337 Stapled, 39 pp., $9 Review by Callista Buchen Linda K. Sienkiewicz’s chapbook, Security, is powerful and arresting, an exploration of the violence of living. Through precise detail and fully realized moments, the poems of […]