Reviews

The Bare Life Review

In a 2016 essay for the New York Times, Parul Sehgal wrote that “the idea of a literature of migration seems to have fallen out of fashion.” She blamed this on the “bitter paradox” of how such literature is perceived, that the phrase “immigrant writing” connotes not the insight of those who exist between worlds […]

Empty Cup – Dennis Maloney

Language, poetry, and the act of translation are, then, inherently communal acts because they all involve ways of knowing one’s self, sharing that self, and as a result, eliminating a sense of otherness among communities.

A Forest Almost – Liz Countryman // The Aleatory Abyss – Evelyn Hampton

The inability to believe in the future, a failure that we humans have made possible — we have exceeded ourselves, haha! — has created, not unhappiness, but ____________________.

Fish Soup – Margarita García Robayo

As she deftly mobilizes themes of mobility and immobility, García Robayo demonstrates not only how circumstances catch us with little promise of release but also how we get caught up in the idea of finding a way to escape.

Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan Middleton – Ben Gwin

As the endless 24-hour news cycle increasingly feels like performance for profit rather than reporting, CLEAN TIME: THE TRUE STORY OF RONALD REAGAN MIDDLETON rings true with its deft prescience.

Surge – Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan gets at reality by melting into the world around her, she lets herself be subsumed by nature, welcomes mountains and waves.

On Dolls – ed. Kenneth Gross

These writers force the dolls into utterance until they become spiritual interlocutors reporting on the mysteries of the human condition.

Trash Mountain – Bradley Bazzle

Having an enemy — that is, something towards which to direct his anger — is, in this way, Ben’s saving grace.

Strawberry Fields – Hilary Plum

If STRAWBERRY FIELDS deflects some of our attention away from the usual interest in plot and character, its formal arrangement deftly reinforces its ethical ambitions.

The Tidings of the Trees – Wolfgang Hilbig

Dust, bodies, and digging all have thematic importance in Hilbig’s fiction.

Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan Middleton – Ben Gwin

As the endless 24-hour news cycle increasingly feels like performance for profit rather than reporting, CLEAN TIME: THE TRUE STORY OF RONALD REAGAN MIDDLETON rings true with its deft prescience.

Trash Mountain – Bradley Bazzle

Having an enemy — that is, something towards which to direct his anger — is, in this way, Ben’s saving grace.

Empty Cup – Dennis Maloney

Language, poetry, and the act of translation are, then, inherently communal acts because they all involve ways of knowing one’s self, sharing that self, and as a result, eliminating a sense of otherness among communities.

Fish Soup – Margarita García Robayo

As she deftly mobilizes themes of mobility and immobility, García Robayo demonstrates not only how circumstances catch us with little promise of release but also how we get caught up in the idea of finding a way to escape.