Reviews 5.3

HiStory of Santa Monica by Michael J. Atwood

HiStory of Santa Monica by Michael J. Atwood

Reviews, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Aqueous Books, Dec. 2010 ISBN: 978-0-9826734-0-9 Perfect bound, 188 pp., $14 Review by P. J. Christman Making it in Cinemaland often proves to be surreal. The contrast between Santa Monica sunset views of the placid Pacific, and the undercurrent of […]

Compendium by Kristina Marie Darling

Compendium by Kristina Marie Darling

Reviews, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Cow Heavy Books, 2011 Perfect bound, 56 pp., $10 Review by Cynthia Reeser As with much of Kristina Marie Darling’s work, Compendium has the distinct flavor of contemporary Victoriana. Many of the poems contained in the collection are centered around […]

Man’s Companions by Joanna Ruocco

Man’s Companions by Joanna Ruocco

Reviews, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Tarpaulin Sky Press, May 2010 ISBN: 9780982541630 Paperback, 144 pp., $14 Review by Kari Larsen A collection of short fiction by Joanna Ruocco, Man’s Companions was released last year from Tarpaulin Sky Press. With each successive story—each one economical as […]

Airplane Novel by Paul A. Toth

Airplane Novel by Paul A. Toth

Reviews, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Raw Dog Screaming Press, July 2011 ISBN: 978-1-935738-14-5 Perfect bound, 212 pp., $14.95 Review by Sarah Rae Airplane Novel is a frenzied and confusing history of the World Trade Center up until its destruction on 9/11 as told through the […]

Mostly Redneck: Stories by Rusty Barnes

Mostly Redneck: Stories by Rusty Barnes

Reviews, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Sunnyoutside, August 2011 ISBN: 978-1934513323 Perfect bound, 156 pp., $18 Review by C. Wallace Walker With Rusty Barnes’ collection Mostly Redneck: Stories,  “mostly” is the operative word.  Interspersed among the stories of a VW van being used as a rabbit […]

Excuse me while I wring this long swim out of my hair by Sarah J. Sloat

Excuse me while I wring this long swim out of my hair by Sarah J. Sloat

Reviews, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Dancing Girl Press, 2011 Saddle-stapled chapbook, unnumbered, $7 Review by Kathleen Kirk There’s always something unsaid in Sarah J. Sloat’s poems. Something a little twisted and untold. Take this couplet from “Ghazal of the Jack Pines”: Ages since I looked […]

Where Nothing Can Grow by Renee Emerson

Where Nothing Can Grow by Renee Emerson

Reviews, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 BatCat Press, May 2011 ISBN: 978-0-9843678-3-2 Hardcover, hand-bound, 28 pp., $10 Review by Cynthia Reeser Where Nothing Can Grow is Academy of American Poets 2009 prize winner Renee Emerson’s third published poetry collection. The hand-bound, hardcover, 20-poem collection is the […]

In the Common Dream of George Oppen by Joseph Bradshaw

In the Common Dream of George Oppen by Joseph Bradshaw

Reviews, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Shearsman Books, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-84861-149-8 Perfect bound, 88 pp., $15 Review by John Sibley Williams In the Common Dream of George Oppen, by Joseph Bradshaw, is a startlingly unique and intelligent book of poetry and essays that takes the following […]

White Spiders by Lisa Marie Basile

White Spiders by Lisa Marie Basile

Reviews, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Gold Wake Press, 2010 ebook; free Review by CL Bledsoe The titular white spiders of this collection evoke frightening and exotic images, beautiful and mysterious but also conceivably dangerous. These spiders could represent many things, but in Basile’s collection, they […]

The Broken and the Damned by Jason Hardung

The Broken and the Damned by Jason Hardung

Reviews, Vol. 5.3, Sept. 2011 Epic Rites Press, Nov. 2009 ISBN: 978-0981184449 Perfect bound, 90 pp., $15 Review by Zach Fishel Jason Hardung has released a unique collection of poetry through Epic Rites Press that focuses on the streetwise insights of a man reforming, but […]