Category: Prose

Lucifer Morningstar

By | Prose

Nathless he so endur’d, till on the Beach Of that inflamed Sea, he Stood and call’d His legions, angel forms, who lay intrans’t Thick as Autumnal Leaves that strow the Brooks In Vallombrosa, where th’ Etrurian shades High overarch’t imbor’r; or scatter’d sedge Afloat, when fierce Winds Orion arm’d Hath vext the Red-Sea Coast, whose …

Book Review: THE STORY OF MY TEETH by Valeria Luiselli, Trans. by Christina MacSweeny

By | Book Review, Prose

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli Trans. by Christina MacSweeney Coffee House Press, 2015 $16.95 In 2013 Galería Jumex, a contemporary art gallery outside of Mexico City, commissioned Valeria Luiselli to write a fictional story about their exhibition, The Hunter and the Factory. Her resulting work, The Story of My Teeth, explores the connection between …

Book Review: WAITRESS AT THE RED MOON PIZZERIA by Eleanor Levine

By | Book Review, C.L. Bledsoe

Waitress at the Red Moon Pizzeria  by Eleanor Levine Unsolicited Press, 2016 $16.00 I’ve known Eleanor Levine primarily as a fiction writer. Her stories are usually funny, high energy jaunts that read like bursts of insane joie de vivre, though they can be quite dark as well. I’ve also seen her read fiction, and it was …

Book Review: DRONE STRING by Sherry Cook Stanforth

By | Book Review, Prose

Drone Strings by Sherry Cook Stanforth Bottom Dog Press, 2015 $16.00 Anyone who has seen Diane Sawyer’s documentary A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains will understand that Appalachian culture presents some excruciating paradoxes. Sherry Cook Stanforth’s new poetry collection Drone String actually rejoices in the themes of this region’s people, their fatalism and determination, …

Book Review: DOUBLE JINX by Nancy Reddy

By | Book Review, Dakota Garilli, Prose

Double Jinx by Nancy Reddy Milkweed Editions, 2015 $16.00 What if Eve told the story? That’s a question raised by Nancy Reddy’s poem, “Inventing the Body.” Exploring the discovery of Ardipithecus ramidus, the earliest known hominid, Reddy asks, “Did she feel / the tender humming jumplily, catfish, / the rapid flare as she lit / …

Book Review: LANDSCAPE WITH FEMALE FIGURE by Andrea Hollander

By | Book Review, Prose

Landscape with Female Figure: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2012 Poems by Andrea Hollander Autumn House Press, 2013 $17.95 Andrea Hollander’s book Landscape with Female Figure is comprised of 27 new poems and selections from three previous books (Women in the Painting, 2006; The Other Life, 2001; and House Without a Dreamer, 1993).  Given the breadth …

Upheavals

By | Nola Garrett, Prose

   Dover Beach The sea is calm tonight. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits—on the French coast the light Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay. Come to the window, sweet is the night air! …. At their return, up …

Book Review: BEAUTIFUL ZERO by Jennifer Willoughby

By | Alison Taverna, Book Review, Prose

Beautiful Zero by Jennifer Willoughby Milkweed Editions, 2015 $16.00 Today, late January, the sky opened up and let the sun break onto the snow. On top of a mountain in Claysburg, Pennsylvania, I watched as skiers peeled their clothes off; their bare skin blushed against the slopes. This moment matters, and maybe only because I …