Reviews

Axiomatic – Maria Tumarkin

“What does it take to not be shocked?” In a book that proves Tumarkin to be a clear-eyed excavator of much pain and sorrow in our world, it’s a question that initially provokes some surprise.

The Summer Demands – Deborah Shapiro

The book is “a celebration of cusps.” Those of adulthood; of motherhood; of desire and ambition; of memory and history, and those that that decipher generations.

this window makes me feel – Robert Fitterman

More than a droll sobfest or a gothic howl, the poem is a tragic ode to our age’s wasted potential.

Mouthful of Birds – Samanta Schweblin

The dark suggestion at the heart of MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS is that perhaps the surreal and the strange is in fact the ordinary.

Allegory and Ideology – Frederic Jameson

More than a work of literary criticism, Jameson’s new book shows us that any positive political developments to emerge from globalization will demand a new form of conceptualizing this seemingly unimaginable collection of human beings.

Marxist Literary Criticism Today – Barbara Foley

The message of Marxist criticism has more to offer students striving for change while facing the world.

Oval – Elvia Wilk

This is OVAL’s central joke, and also its most cutting observation: in our current age of convenience culture and mass gentrification, what does it take to live an ethical life?

Holt House – L. G. Vey; A Dedicated Friend – Shirley Longford; Judderman – D. A. Northwood

Simply, the question of Dead Ink horror is about that which haunts us and why it haunts us.

Arkady – Patrick Langley

When the ranks of climate refugees grow steadily, new ways of structuring our lives will have to be tested.

GlassHouse – Louis Armand

A detective story that ends with “[NO END]” may scarcely be called a detective story.

Arkady – Patrick Langley

When the ranks of climate refugees grow steadily, new ways of structuring our lives will have to be tested.

Crosslight for Youngbird – Asiya Wadud

Wadud’s poems of witness are far less remote than one might expect of an often commemorative tradition, underwritten by a deep physical sympathy.

Mouthful of Birds – Samanta Schweblin

The dark suggestion at the heart of MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS is that perhaps the surreal and the strange is in fact the ordinary.

Intimate Ties – Robert Musil

Read in the broadest terms, in the context of literary modernism, INTIMATE TIES seems especially concerned with the psyche, sexuality, and repression.