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Book Review: PARIS SCRATCH by bart plantenga

By | Prose

Paris Scratch by bart plantenga  Sensitive Skin, 2016 $15.95  This volume comprises a tidy collection of 365 ‘meta-factual’ verbal snapshots of Paris, city of light and low-lifes. It will be joined by a forthcoming companion piece, NY Sin Phoney in Face Flat Minor, set in New York City, out later this year. The author bart plantenga …

On Writing with Duende

By | Blog Archives, Gerry LaFemina, Prose

The question becomes, in the end, why should I care about your subject matter? Think about it: why should anybody care about the subject matter of your poems? This isn’t meant to be harsh—just a reality check. If your poem is solely about content, solely about things you’ve already known and thought, what insight does …

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, …

Book Review: RECEIPT by Karen Leona Anderson

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Receipt Poems by Karen Leona Anderson Milkweed Editions, 2016 $16.00 Karen Leona Anderson’s second poetry collection, Receipt, is a reexamination of the daily duties of our modern American culture, particularly regarding feminine expressions of identity and womanhood. Anderson unearths the power behind receipts and recipes, transactions and documentation of the many roles women stretch to fit: …

The Delicacy of the Image

By | Blog Archives, Gerry LaFemina, Poetics, Prose

Much has been said about the importance of the image to the poem. Images function as touchstones in poetry, they help create the landscape of the poem, provide a means by which the reader imagines the world and context of the poem’s thinking. They are the things that embody ideas, as it were, but they …

Book Review: RADIO SILENCE by Philip Schaefer and Jeff Whitney

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Radio Silence Poems by Philip Schaefer & Jeff Whitney Black Lawrence Press, 2016 $8.95 Winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition, Philip Schaefer and Jeff Whitney’s collaborative effort, Radio Silence, is as much an urgent call to arms against cyber immersion as it is a nostalgic ode to human connectivity and curiosity. The voices of Schaefer and Whitney …

Book Review: THE BENEDICTINES by Rachel May

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The Benedictines  by Rachel May  Alleyway Books, 2016 $16.00 Anne James is a thirty-year-old Visiting Artist at Saint Christopher’s, a Benedictine Catholic boarding school in rural Maine. Although she had a Catholic upbringing, Anne can’t relate to the monks who run the school: “They are a mystery, even to the dogs.” She sees their long dark …