Reviews 7.4

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber

Reviews, Vol. 7.4, Dec. 2013 Twelve Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-0446505291 Hardcover, 320 pp., $26.99 Review by Cindy Matthews Charles Graeber has written a thriller in The Good Nurse. Yet, it isn’t fiction. It’s as real as it gets. It is the story of Charles Cullen, […]

Casualties by Kirsten Clodfelter

Casualties by Kirsten Clodfelter

Reviews, Vol. 7.4, Dec. 2013 RopeWalk Press, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-930508-28-6 Perfect bound, 34 pp., $14 Review by Alice Smythe Davidson The five stories that make up Casualties offer vivid glimpses into the lives of young civilian women dealing with the reverberations of war. Kirsten Clodfelter’s […]

Sorry Was in the Woods by Michelle Taransky

Sorry Was in the Woods by Michelle Taransky

Reviews, Vol. 7.4, Dec. 2013 Omnidawn Publishing, 2013 ISBN: 978-1890650810 Perfect bound, 96 pp., $17.95 Review by David Rawson Michelle Taransky’s second poetry collection, Sorry Was in the Woods, with illustrations by her father, Richard Taransky, begins as a meditation on the forest. What may […]

Solecism by Rosebud Ben-Oni

Solecism by Rosebud Ben-Oni

Reviews, Vol. 7.4, Dec. 2013 Virtual Artists Collective, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-944048-50-4 Perfect bound, 69 pp., $15 Review by Cynthia Reeser Solecism is playwright and poet Rosebud Ben-Oni’s debut poetry collection, out earlier this year from Virtual Artists Collective. Hailing from a Mexican and Jewish background, […]

Debts & Lessons by Lynn Xu

Debts & Lessons by Lynn Xu

Reviews, Vol. 7.4, Dec. 2013 Omnidawn Publishing, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-890650-80-3 Perfect bound, 92 pp., $17.95 Review by Cynthia Reeser Debts & Lessons is Lynn Xu’s debut work, out from Omnidawn earlier this year. This full-length poetry collection reveals a poet who is widely read; one […]

Plainsight by Justin Runge

Plainsight by Justin Runge

Reviews, Vol. 7.4, Dec. 2013 New Michigan Press, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-934832-38-7 Perfect bound, 37 pp., $9 Review by Cynthia Reeser Justin Runge’s America is one of endless stretches of highway, carbon-choked cities, factories, vast fields, borders, and liminal spaces. With an eye for all the […]

Melancholia (An Essay) by Kristina Marie Darling

Melancholia (An Essay) by Kristina Marie Darling

Reviews, Vol. 7.4, Dec. 2013 Ravenna Press, 2012 ISBN: 978-0-9851520-1-7 Perfect bound, 45 pp., $10 Review by Cynthia Reeser The fact that Kristina Marie Darling’s Melancholia is subtitled (An Essay) influences the reading and interpretation, or it does for me; I read it for both […]

Whale of Stars by Michael Kriesel

Whale of Stars by Michael Kriesel

Reviews, Vol. 7.4, Dec. 2013 Sunnyoutside, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-934513-33-0 Saddle-stitched, 16 pp., $20 Review by Cynthia Reeser In this slim, hand-stitched volume of thirteen three-line poems, poet Michael Kriesel evokes rich worlds. Some of these capture the interplay, the push and pull, of the natural […]

We Were Giants by Christopher Bowen

We Were Giants by Christopher Bowen

Reviews, Vol. 7.4, Dec. 2013 Sunnyoutside, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-934513-42-2 Saddle stitched, 30 pp., $12 Review by Cynthia Reeser This collection of eight flash fiction pieces is layered with nuanced meaning: time passing, friends remembered, birthdays as markers of turning points, now to be cherished. It’s […]

The Nervous Filaments by David Dodd Lee

The Nervous Filaments by David Dodd Lee

Reviews, Vol. 7.4, Dec. 2013 Four Way Books, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-884800-05-4 Perfect bound, 83 pp., $15.95 Review by Cynthia Reeser The poems of The Nervous Filaments by David Dodd Lee are filled with sporadic, unconnected images that are altogether too diffuse to glean much sense […]