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: ROBYN BATEMAN – DEAD AS (Bone Tax Press)

  I am baby-faced – I am baby-boned – I am the miracle of every death around me. I do not feel that the deaths of family members, a few familiar co-workers, and an acquaintance or two, truly bring to life the concept of losing someone whom you meet, and then becomes a part of you. Robyn Bateman’s newest chapbook, Dead As, is as close to capturing … Continue reading REVIEW: ROBYN BATEMAN – DEAD AS (Bone Tax Press)

REVIEW: SARAH BARTLETT – FREUD BLAH BLAH BLAH (Rye House Press)

  My body wants to meet your body in a dark alley and say things in Braille. When I leave notes on your pillow it’s supposed to be a gimmick. Still, here we are in love, careening toward death like a flower. Have you ever written a letter, an email, or a text message, and then waited by the mailbox, clicked refresh over and over again, … Continue reading REVIEW: SARAH BARTLETT – FREUD BLAH BLAH BLAH (Rye House Press)

REVIEW: MOLLY GAUDRY – WILD THING

from “Fairy Tale” She was just beginning to get her wings back when she hit a rock and crashed headfirst into the cement. Molly Gaudry’s Wild Thing is here to remind us that we exist until we don’t, and whatever do in the meantime, well, that’s called surviving. I really like this little 49 page pamphlet, but I’m not sure how it makes me feel. It’s well … Continue reading REVIEW: MOLLY GAUDRY – WILD THING

REVIEW: JOANNA PENN COOPER – WHAT IS A DOMICLE

  from “Crown” In this photograph, I am a girl child. My thoughts come out in my hands and my hair. If only I could realize it. Be just the person I just am. With What is a Domicile, Joanna Penn Cooper has essentially written the ironic version of “Easy Like Sunday Morning.” Where Lionel sings: Why in the world Would anybody put chains on me? … Continue reading REVIEW: JOANNA PENN COOPER – WHAT IS A DOMICLE

REVIEW: Robert Duncan Gray – Ticklish Animal

  I’ve seen Robert Duncan Gray in his underwear, screaming poetry from the top of his lungs, and then staring down the crowd like a mic drop. It was brilliant. His stage presence is powerful because he is – obviously – very comfortable with who he is, and more importantly, makes no apologies for it. His poetry, however, is not always comfortable, and that is … Continue reading REVIEW: Robert Duncan Gray – Ticklish Animal

REVIEW: Leah Noble Davidson – Poetic Scientifica

  Leah Noble Davidson tells you exactly what she wants you to hear. It’s stark. It’s creative. In ways, it’s incredibly vindictive, and vindicating all at the same time. It’s mostly unique – but we’ll get to that in a bit. Davidson wants to catch you cheating. She gives you a poetic introduction, and then throws you a curveball, as her table of contents is, … Continue reading REVIEW: Leah Noble Davidson – Poetic Scientifica

REVIEW: Alex Dang – You Can Do Better…But The Bar Has Been Set Pretty High

  Living just over the bridge from Portland, Oregon, I’ve had the esteemed pleasure of watching Alex Dang at the Portland Poetry Slam over the last couple of years, and it is quite the treat. There’s an ease to which he carries himself that makes him incredibly approachable, but when he steps on stage, the emotion, the conviction, and perfectly well-phrased pieces flow straight from … Continue reading REVIEW: Alex Dang – You Can Do Better…But The Bar Has Been Set Pretty High