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Book Review: THE CANOPY by Patricia Clark

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The Canopy by Patricia Clark Terrapin Books, 2017 $16.00  I often found myself without breath while reading Patricia Clark’s new collection of poetry, The Canopy. The poems quietly knocked the wind out of me. The collection dwells in loss and the ways death can take things from us, both slowly and all at once. It characterizes the …

Book Review: RUST BELT BOY by Paul Hertneky

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Rust Belt Boy:  Stories of An American Childhood by Paul Hertneky Bauhan Publishing, 2016 $21.95 Paul Hertneky exemplifies Western Pennsylvanian familiarity in his new essay collection, Rust Belt Boy: Stories of an American Childhood. Hailing from a place known for its bullshitting, a gift explored in the essay, “Humility and Its Opposite,” Hertneky masters the craft …

Book Review: THE LOSS OF ALL LOST THINGS by Amina Gautier

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The Loss of All Lost Things by Amina Gautier Elixir Press, 2016 $17.00  Not all loss is created equal. As I read Amina Gautier’s third collection of short stories, The Loss of All Lost Things (Elixir Press 2015), I tried to imagine the extent of loss I could endure. The loss of a child or partner …

Book Review: THE SILVER GHOST by Chuck Kinder

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The Silver Ghost by Chuck Kinder Braddock Avenue Books, 2016 $16.95 It is the late 1950s and America is a lush, electric, song-filled garden for teenage truelove, and Jimbo and Judy fully expect that their own truelove will grow and grow until the end of time, until the twelfth of never. Jimbo Stark lives in a …

Book Review: ICONOSCOPE by Peter Oresick

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Iconoscope: New and Selected Poems  by Peter Oresick University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016 $16.95  It’s rare to find a poet with such a laser focus on creating a lifelong legacy. From Definitions in 1990 to Warhol-o-rama (2008) and anthologies like For a Living (1995), Oresick devoted his life’s work to making, fostering, inspiring, and highlighting art for, …

Book Review: BRUJA by Wendy C. Ortiz

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Bruja by Wendy C. Ortiz Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016 $15.95  Wendy C. Ortiz’s Bruja is a collection of dream vignettes that pull us into a moment of life that is often unseen, and even more so, unspoken. Each dream scene is written in language that is sharp, but not simple, as it shakes us awake to …

Book Review: THE GOOD DIVIDE by Kali Vanbaale

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The Good Divide by Kali Vanbaale Midwestern Gothic Press, 2016 $15.00 “A farm is like a mistress,” she muses, “a passively tolerated extramarital distraction.” On the surface, Jean Krenshaw is—in a word—reliable. A mother, a housewife, a farmhand, she is seemingly content to look after her husband and sons and play second fiddle to the dairy …

Book Review: A SKY THE COLOR OF CHAOS

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A Sky the Color of Chaos: Based on the True Story of My Haitian Childhood  by M.J. Fièvre Beating Windward Press, 2014 $20.00 “Memory is mutable,” M.J. Fièvre writes of her wealthy childhood outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during the President Duvalier’s regime. While Jessica (the name she goes by in the memoir) and her sister, …