Category: Book Review

Issue 20 | Fall 2018


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Brief review of Nashon Cook's collection published by Shabda Press

Book Review: THERE SHOULD BE FLOWERS by J. Jennifer Espinoza

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There Should be Flowers by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016 $15.95 Joshua Jennifer Espinoza’s There Should Be Flowers is an unyielding call for compassion in a world that continuously tries to suppress the voices of marginalized groups. The collection outlines her journey from a young boy whose silence is protection to a woman …

Book Review: OBJECTS OF AFFECTION by Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough

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Objects of Affection  by Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough Braddock Avenue Books, 2018 $13.00 Polish-born Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough has made a life out of translating, that fraught, “imperfect art which depends on what Czesław Miłosz called ‘the conscious acceptance of imperfect solutions.’” It’s the leveling of two languages and two cultures on ground foreign to each, at minimum a …

Book Review: PERSONAL SCIENCE by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

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Personal Science  by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram Tupelo Press, 2017 $16.95 Lillian-Yvonne Bertram writes under the premise that all of her writing is essentially a continuation of the same work. As she puts it in an interview with The Rumpus, her work is: “a single life project,” the books are “artifacts that mark points in time. They …

Book Review: AT THE WATERLINE by Brian K. Friesen

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At the Waterline by Brian K. Friesen Ooligan Press, 2017 $16.95 Inspired by his firsthand experiences while working on the Columbia River, Brian K. Friesen’s debut novel, At the Waterline, is a reflective, multi-faceted story. The book follows Chad, a man with a penchant for the water, through his mission to find himself after his tragic …

Book Review: I DON’T THINK OF YOU (UNTIL I DO) by Tatiana Ryckman

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I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do) by Tatiana Ryckman  Future Tense Books, 2017 $12.00 I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do) by Tatiana Ryckman is a poetic novella about love, heartbreak, and distance. Over a short but powerful 110 pages, Ryckman details a gender ambiguous narrator’s struggles in a long-distance relationship. Striking …

Book Review: ALL THE NEWS I NEED by Joan Frank

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All the News I Need by Joan Frank UMass Press, 2017 $19.95 The fear of aging is a common concern; our society stresses over it and the media highlights it as a negative process. Finding wrinkles and gray hair is a disastrous discovery, and there is always the worry of becoming too static. This cycle of …


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A Moral Tale, and Other Moral Tales by Josh Emmons Dzanc Books, 2017 $16.95 Josh Emmons’s first collection of short stories follows a man, a woman, an artist, a tiger, an egg, and more through a menagerie of tales consisting of both brand new concepts and classic fables rethought with refreshing imagination. A Moral Tale, and …