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)

#TPQ5: SAMUEL DODSON

The Inevitable Gift Shop – Will Eaves This collection of mini vignettes of fiction and non fiction, as well as poetry, is beautifully written and frequently hilarious– “really what tortoises teach you about is abusive relationships”. It’s a book that demands to be read and re-read – and then re-read again; both front to back, back to front, and in all other manner of combinations. … Continue reading #TPQ5: SAMUEL DODSON

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: 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: 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)