REVIEW: POSTCOLONIAL LOVE POEM – NATALIE DIAZ (GRAYWOLF PRESS)

REVIEW: POSTCOLONIAL LOVE POEM – NATALIE DIAZ (GRAYWOLF PRESS)

I have never encountered a writer more capable of balancing softness and strength. These poems are quiet and technical and precise, yet the speaker never feels weak or timid. Rather, there is an everpresent sense that the rage lingering just beneath the lines may bare its teeth. Continue reading REVIEW: POSTCOLONIAL LOVE POEM – NATALIE DIAZ (GRAYWOLF PRESS)

REVIEW: BEAUTIFUL & FULL OF MONSTERS – COURTNEY LeBLANC (VEGETARIAN ALCOHOLIC PRESS)

It’s who we are when least expected. It’s the big feelings we can’t explain. It’s the reason we cower in the dark. It’s the reason we raise our voices to those we are said to love. It’s the reason some loves end or begin or don’t. Continue reading REVIEW: BEAUTIFUL & FULL OF MONSTERS – COURTNEY LeBLANC (VEGETARIAN ALCOHOLIC PRESS)

REVIEW: LITTLE ENVELOPE OF EARTH CONDITIONS – CORI A. WINROCK (ALICE JAMES BOOKS)

Most of all, it’s about when body meets the inside of the body because the outside just doesn’t make sense anymore. It’s when space feels like a metaphor for a much larger universe, and you wish for a black hole within which to hide. Continue reading REVIEW: LITTLE ENVELOPE OF EARTH CONDITIONS – CORI A. WINROCK (ALICE JAMES BOOKS)

REVIEW: A CHOIR OF HONEST KILLERS – BUDDY WAKEFIELD (WRITE BLOODY PUBLISHING)

It is not just a book of confessions, but of acceptance that we can be beautiful and flawed and problematic and good, that the only thing we ought to require of ourselves is the permission to be fully human. Buddy no longer apologizes for fucking things up. Continue reading REVIEW: A CHOIR OF HONEST KILLERS – BUDDY WAKEFIELD (WRITE BLOODY PUBLISHING)

REVIEW: A LIVE THING, CLINGING WITH MANY TEETH – KOLLEEN CARNEY HOEPFNER (SPOOKY GIRLFRIEND PRESS)

REVIEW: A LIVE THING, CLINGING WITH MANY TEETH – KOLLEEN CARNEY HOEPFNER (SPOOKY GIRLFRIEND PRESS)

We’re shown a woman who has to come to terms with pain and discomfort being her new reality. And then the idea of change is more frightening than her continued torture. Continue reading REVIEW: A LIVE THING, CLINGING WITH MANY TEETH – KOLLEEN CARNEY HOEPFNER (SPOOKY GIRLFRIEND PRESS)

REVIEW: FORGIVE YOURSELF THESE TINY ACTS OF SELF-DESTRUCTION – JARED SINGER (BUTTON POETRY)

FORGIVE YOURSELF THESE TINY ACTS OF SELF-DESTRUCTION – JARED SINGER @buttonpoetry
“…a manual for the last kid in the kickball line. It’s a must-read for those who can’t remember why they need to remember. It’s for those who sometimes forget they matter.” Continue reading REVIEW: FORGIVE YOURSELF THESE TINY ACTS OF SELF-DESTRUCTION – JARED SINGER (BUTTON POETRY)

REVIEW: EMILY AS SOMETIMES THE FOREST WANTS THE FIRE – DARREN C. DEMAREE (HARPOON BOOKS)

Instead, we find a couple working on a relationship – because after-all, they are work. Relationships are wonderful and beautiful and trying and difficult and sometimes we don’t always like the person we love, but it’s not something that we can’t overcome. Continue reading REVIEW: EMILY AS SOMETIMES THE FOREST WANTS THE FIRE – DARREN C. DEMAREE (HARPOON BOOKS)

REVIEW – THE BOY IN THE LABYRINTH BY OLIVER DE LA PAZ (UNIVERSITY OF AKRON PRESS)

The writing is as vulnerable as it is nuanced, as arresting as it is confounding. Oliver de la Paz is not afraid to leave the reader reaching for meaning, in effect mimicking the very experiences that compelled the allegory in the first place. Continue reading REVIEW – THE BOY IN THE LABYRINTH BY OLIVER DE LA PAZ (UNIVERSITY OF AKRON PRESS)

REVIEW: FLOWERS I SHOULD HAVE THROWN AWAY YESTERDAY BY ELISA MATVEJEVA (MAIDA VALE PUBLISHING)

Matvejeva writes this rise and fall of love with stark honesty, making it hard to look away from. It’s arresting and engaging and makes the reader yearn to find a connection of their own that elicits such a strong and introspective emotions. Continue reading REVIEW: FLOWERS I SHOULD HAVE THROWN AWAY YESTERDAY BY ELISA MATVEJEVA (MAIDA VALE PUBLISHING)

REVIEW: BETWEEN THE SPINE: A COLLECTION OF EROTIC LOVE POEMS – ADRIAN ERNESTO CEPEDA (Picture Show Press)

Because Cepeda wants you to be the paper to your lover’s pen. Because poetry is so much more than words on paper. Because sometimes sex is more than sex. Sometimes sex is the poem you become for your partner when they need you the most. Continue reading REVIEW: BETWEEN THE SPINE: A COLLECTION OF EROTIC LOVE POEMS – ADRIAN ERNESTO CEPEDA (Picture Show Press)

REVIEW: THE SPLOOGE FACTORY – CHRISTINA SPRINGER (FRAYED EDGE PRESS)

People want what they want. They want to be dominated, pissed on, talked down to, used, pleased, titillated, and teased. More than anything, they just want to feel like they don’t have to feel anything other than their truest desires for however long time, or money, can afford. Continue reading REVIEW: THE SPLOOGE FACTORY – CHRISTINA SPRINGER (FRAYED EDGE PRESS)

REVIEW: CHANDELIER – ZACH JACKSON (BROKEN SLEEP BOOKS)

I have authored a devil in me to cull in meto lace these boots with rainbows and wade the bogs to Breathe smoke in the cryogenyBreak dismal syntaxof existing as abomination — from “Lottery” Think back to before the digital sky overshadowed the world. Think back to small hands, poppy seeds, summer scenery, vermillion skies, and the sound of a film spool falling off its … Continue reading REVIEW: CHANDELIER – ZACH JACKSON (BROKEN SLEEP BOOKS)

REVIEW: GOLD THAT FRAMES THE MIRROR – BRANDON MELENDEZ (WRITE BLOODY PUBLISHING)

When language and bodies and heritage and history don’t make sense, it’s not easy to find yourself within the world. When the words your family speak turn to those once spoken. When your parents silence your voice, and all you want to do is remember the sound of theirs. Continue reading REVIEW: GOLD THAT FRAMES THE MIRROR – BRANDON MELENDEZ (WRITE BLOODY PUBLISHING)

REVIEW: WE, YOUNG OLD ONES – DOMINIK PARISIEN (FROG HOLLOW PRESS)

Dominik Parisien’s poems embody chronic pain, elevating the traumas, and illuminating the act of breathing being the most essential part of living. He uses body parts, the act of breathing, religion, and science, to illustrate the struggle and the pain that the poetic voice endures. Continue reading REVIEW: WE, YOUNG OLD ONES – DOMINIK PARISIEN (FROG HOLLOW PRESS)

REVIEW: WE MEANT TO BRING IT HOME ALIVE – ARMIN TOLENTINO (ALTERNATING CURRENT PRESS)

This is a collection of survival in spite of all that happens in life. It’s the learning of “the sound liquid makes as it works through the body’s waterways.” The unrelenting feeling that while life is draining from one body, another is taking it back. Continue reading REVIEW: WE MEANT TO BRING IT HOME ALIVE – ARMIN TOLENTINO (ALTERNATING CURRENT PRESS)

REVIEW: WHEN I AM A FAMOUS PERSON – JOSEPH HAEGER (OPTOGRAPHY PRESS)

Generally, I will take another sip of water (but it’s really vodka) and make deep eye contact with whomever I’m speaking to, whether it’s the niece Lily or the Prime Minister of Britain. — from “When I am President of the United States” I remember the day that Kurt Cobain died, sitting on my neighbor’s couch, crying to the Kurt Loder MTV News report. I … Continue reading REVIEW: WHEN I AM A FAMOUS PERSON – JOSEPH HAEGER (OPTOGRAPHY PRESS)

REVIEW: THE SEA THAT BECKONED – ANGELA GABRIELLE FABUNAN (PLATYPUS PRESS)

It’s the push-and-pull of one language and culture erasing the other; it’s the beauty and decay of both. It’s the changes that feel like too much change. The Sea that Beckoned is the tightrope walk between being ourselves and the self we may yet become. Continue reading REVIEW: THE SEA THAT BECKONED – ANGELA GABRIELLE FABUNAN (PLATYPUS PRESS)