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Issue 22 | Summer 2019

All Roads Lead to Blood

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A review of Bonnie Chau's short stories published by Santa Fe Writers Project

Issue 21 | Winter 2019

Wild Milk

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Brief review of Sabrina Orah Mark's short stories published by Dorothy, a publishing project

Issue 20 | Fall 2018


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Brief review of Curtis Smith's novel published by Braddock Avenue Books

Issue 20 | Fall 2018


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

Gonna Take a Sentimental Journey

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A few years ago, Stephen Dunn and I tackled the issue of the aesthetic of irony that has dominated postmodern poetry. About this aesthetic, I think David Foster Wallace put it best in Infinite Jest, “What passes for hip cynical transcendence of sentiment is really some kind of fear of being really human since to …

Decorating the House: An Allegory of Revision

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stanza, late 16th century: from Italian meaning station, stopping-place, or room.          Four years ago, I bought a house, a small, three-bedroom ranch in Frostburg, Maryland. I liked its midcentury modern touches (archways, a telephone nook) and its humble size on a good plot of land. I was moving from a two-bedroom apartment and would have …

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

By | Book Review, Prose

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 …

Variations on a Theme of Birdsong

By | Blog Archives, Gerry LaFemina, Prose

One of the hardest things to think about in terms of revision beyond the first draft is seeing what’s possible outside the margins of what’s already written, which is to say not how to make the poem longer, tighter, musically  more compelling, but, rather, to explore the alternative poems running parallel to the original. What …