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)

REVIEW: Most of My Heroes Don’t Appear on No Stamps – Ran Walker (University of Hell Press)

REVIEW: Most of My Heroes Don’t Appear on No Stamps

Walker gives us our “Window Seat” to the world, as we consider why we are where we are – the good and the bad, the understood and ignorant, the anger and excitement, the love and passion of the way the world is today. Continue reading REVIEW: Most of My Heroes Don’t Appear on No Stamps – Ran Walker (University of Hell Press)

REVIEW: Mud Woman – Joanna Penn Cooper & R. Bratten Weiss (Dancing Girl Press)

Over the course of your correspondence, you begin to discuss your dreams. Begin, in fact, to have dreams that echo the other’s. There is a house, creepy yet somehow luminous. Stables. Treasure, possibly, among the muck. But should you be there? Who (or what) lurks in the dim? – JPC from “You Correspond with a Woman in Ohio” Three days of rain and in the … Continue reading REVIEW: Mud Woman – Joanna Penn Cooper & R. Bratten Weiss (Dancing Girl Press)

REVIEW: DELPHINE BEDIENT – DOWN AND OUT ON A YACHT

DISASTER Men kept smiling at you today, but you felt like a disaster. You were an influenza epidemic, you were Hurricane Katrina, you were a four-car pileup, and there they were, these men, smiling.   Dear Insecurities, We have company. We have found a friend. It’s okay to step out of the shadows, talk to the guy at the bar, say our name loud and … Continue reading REVIEW: DELPHINE BEDIENT – DOWN AND OUT ON A YACHT

REVIEW: WILLY CLAFLIN-THE LITTLE MOOSE WHO COULDN’T GO TO SLEEP

 Far away in the Northern Piney Woods there lives a storyteller named Maynard Moose. Every full moon in the forest, the animals come from far and near to hear him tell the old Mother Moose Tales, handed down so long ago. Maynard Moose is back and telling tales in his fourth book entitled, The Little Moose Who Couldn’t Go To Sleep. We are introduced to Little … Continue reading REVIEW: WILLY CLAFLIN-THE LITTLE MOOSE WHO COULDN’T GO TO SLEEP

REVIEW: MIGHTY MIKE McGEE – HARMONY

  I had the esteemed pleasure of getting to see Mighty Mike McGee twice in the last week – once at St. John’s Booksellers for Them’s Fighting Words, and at Slabtown for the Portland Poetry Slam – and when he performs, the audience listens. It’s no different with Harmony, his newest CD release. In fact, after seeing him at Slabtown, I tried to put it in … Continue reading REVIEW: MIGHTY MIKE McGEE – HARMONY

REVIEW: C.D. WRIGHT – 40 WATTS

  There is something about C.D. Wright’s 40 Watts (Octopus Books) that tugs at my heart strings – strings that are often silent, often questioned. The romance inside these 40 pages reminds me so much of my grandparents, that I can’t help but watch the movie of their lives play on my eyelids as I read, and re-read, and remember every detail of their lives. And deaths. Such … Continue reading REVIEW: C.D. WRIGHT – 40 WATTS

REVIEW: ALISHA BRUTON & NOLAND BO CHALIHA – WE TRY TO TOUCH EVERYTHING

  I had the opportunity to go to the book release – at the Independent Publishing Resource Center  – for We Try to Touch Everything, a new chapbook from Portland, Oregon poets Alisha Bruton, and Noland Bo Chaliha, where each poem is titled “We Try to Touch Everything”. It was pretty incredible to watch Noland, and a crew of volunteers, print the pages, cut the pages, work with … Continue reading REVIEW: ALISHA BRUTON & NOLAND BO CHALIHA – WE TRY TO TOUCH EVERYTHING