Review

Incest – Christine Angot

Performative writing promises no buttoned-up endings, no achievement of perfection. It refutes the notion of a progression, of a moving forward, the reaching of a completed end-point.

The Easy Body – Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta

This is a long love letter to hell, but to call it epic would oppress its very form.

Being Here is Everything – Marie Darrieussecq

How can a biography of any woman not be about her sad fucking life?

Mammother – Zachary Schomburg

At some point in your life, something will fall in front of your feet that you did not expect. There’s a challenge that MAMMOTHER offers the reader: to believe, simply, in what you are about to read, and then to risk reading it.

Worlds from the Word’s End — Joanna Walsh

In stories such as these, Walsh relies more heavily on continuous narrative than in VERTIGO, but still underscores what is not revealed, what acquires meaning only when unspoken.

Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country & Other Stories — Chavisa Woods

“The country” has always held a dominant place in the stories that America tells about itself, imbued with popular understandings of national identity, character, and history.

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby – Cherise Wolas

Through Joan’s writings we see what Joan refuses to — that she has not and cannot inoculate her writing from her life; that her art and her life are symbiotic.

Iep Jãltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter – Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner

Iep Jãltok encourages readers to join the poetic speaker in questioning the narratives of history and realizing the complexity alive in everyday diction and decisions.

I Am the Brother of XX – Fleur Jaeggy

The private self will not be saved by rationality.

Vote No. 1 – Mark Duffy

Much as the likeness of glazed cheeseburger, enlarged to unappetizing dimensions, beckons distastefully from deli windows citywide, Duffy’s subjects are larger than life and irksome.