Reviews 5.2

Tongue by Rachel Contreni Flynn

Tongue by Rachel Contreni Flynn

Reviews, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Winner of the 2008 Benjamin Saltman Award Red Hen Press, 2010 ISBN: 978-1597094757 Perfect bound, 96 pages, $18.95 Review by Kathleen Kirk Tongue, by Rachel Contreni Flynn, is a beautiful and scary book of poems. It has the grisly intensity […]

The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom & Party Girl by Marc Schuster

The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom & Party Girl by Marc Schuster

Reviews, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 The Permanent Press, May 2011 ISBN: 978-1579622176 Hardcover, 288 pp., $28 Review by Monica D’Antonio In a society where mixed messages are the norm, it is hard not to feel daily pangs of panic and confusion. We should save our […]

Expiration Date by Sherril Jaffe

Expiration Date by Sherril Jaffe

Reviews, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 The Permanent Press, 2011 ISBN: 978-1579622152 Hardcover, 192 pp., $28 Review by Ben Pfeiffer Stories propelled by the terror of death are a tradition as old as storytelling itself; likewise, stories about cheating the Angel of Death or about postponing […]

Every Dress a Decision by Elizabeth Austen

Every Dress a Decision by Elizabeth Austen

Reviews, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Blue Begonia Press, June 2011 ISBN: 978-0911287646 Perfect bound, 77 pp., $15 Review by Kathleen Kirk Some people look for a narrative arc in a book of poems. You will find one here. If, as Flannery O’Connor recommends, you want […]

invocation: an essay by Jennifer S. Cheng

invocation: an essay by Jennifer S. Cheng

Reviews, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 New Michigan Press, January 2011 ISBN: 978-1934832271 Perfect bound, 56 pp., $9 Review by Marcus Banks Jennifer S. Cheng’s invocation: an essay is a piercing but puzzling meditation on the limitations of writing as a means of self-assertion. Cheng never […]

The Patience of Horses by Rick Lott

The Patience of Horses by Rick Lott

Reviews, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 The Ledge Press, Nov. 2010 Stapled, 33 pp., $10 Review by Zach Fishel Rick Lott’s award-winning chapbook of poetry, The Patience of Horses, captures the dusky summer nights of American life in the picturesque frontier. The full throttle color Lott […]

The Orange Suitcase by Joseph Riippi

The Orange Suitcase by Joseph Riippi

Reviews, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Ampersand Books, March 2011 ISBN: 978-0984102556 Perfect bound, 92 pp., $14.95 Review by Zach Fishel The Orange Suitcase is a scattered glimpse of one man’s life back into the past, where he seeks peace and answers to the questions that […]

Only as a Body by Jessica Young

Only as a Body by Jessica Young

Reviews, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Bateau Press, Sept. 2010 ISBN: 978-0979532535 Stapled, 27 pp., $18 Review by CL Bledsoe Winner of the 2009-2010 BOOM chapbook Contest, Only as a Body is a meditation on a romantic relationship. The book begins with, “At first, you say […]

e.s.p. by Michael Leong

e.s.p. by Michael Leong

Reviews, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Silenced Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-0979241024 Perfect bound, 88 pp., $14 Review by Will Cordeiro Michael Leong’s debut full-length collection of poems investigates how differing modes of communication both inform and deform—stifle, shuttle, shape, and reshuffle—their various possible meanings. In his […]

Exit Strategies by David Tomaloff

Exit Strategies by David Tomaloff

Reviews, Vol. 5.2, June 2011 Gold Wake Press, 2011 e-chapbook, 6 pp. Review by John Sibley Williams In this short collection of six conceptually and stylistically linked prose poems, David Tomaloff asks us to set aside our notions of reality in favor of his reimagined […]