Reviews

To Be a Reader

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Great books, touted over the decades for their accessibility, are clearly not being accessed.

Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens – Corey Van Landingham

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The takeaway? Nike presides over the world, then and now, and this poet is her messenger.

Philosophy of the Sky – Evan Isoline

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For the readers who are keenly aware of their experiences of love, hatred and pain for, and fear of, the self, Isoline’s poetry will offer useful approximations of the vocabulary needed to meet them peacefully and poetically.

A Book About Myself Called Hell – Jared Joseph

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For now, it is the best kind of commiseration — funny, poignant, and honest enough to hurt.

Bewildered by All This Broken Sky – Anna Scotti

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These poems make evident that this kind of boundless love — love we take care of, love we’re sure to name as such — is the key, the only real salvation available.

Em – Kim Thúy

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This experiential reading of the book is, in parts, created by what the blurb notes as Thúy’s “trademark style” which is “close to prose poetry.” And, like poetry, the book is economical and careful with words. Every sentence is a sensory jolt to the reader — heavy with meaning that must be unpacked and savored.

My Dead Book – Nate Lippens

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My Dead Book should be a model for other entertainment, which is often too saturated with denial to be believed, even as a distraction.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built – Becky Chambers

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Humanity has built up robots so completely that it has become clear that they are sentient and deserving of legal personhood, and their foundational role in our chain of production is one that robs them of their freedom

Out of Nowhere into Nothing – Caryl Pagel

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Pagel’s collection of 10 braided essays tour the personal, the grotesque, the uncanny, and peculiar — a constant reminder of our attachment to the invisible.

Men in My Situation – Per Petterson

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The writer returns to the trauma every decade or so to see if this time his stunt man can catapult himself into the twenty-first century.