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Art - Cattelan the Perspectivist

March 24, 2017

Cattelan the Perspectivist

Multi-media sculptor Maurizio Cattelan is known for his conceptual prank art. He has taken things out of galleries instead of putting them in, dug holes in museum floors, used guards as pedalling exhibits and taped his Italian art dealer to the wall so he could merchandize himself... read more >

BOOK REVIEW

POETRY - DEAR EVERYONE BY MATT SHEARS

February 27, 2017

DEAR EVERYONE
BY MATT SHEARS

Review by Brennan Burnside

The poet Naomi Shihab Nye in an interview said that “words can give you something back if you trust them, and if you know that you're not trying to proclaim things all the time, but you're trying to discover things.” Words take control of a poet, words lead... read more >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC CITY GOSPEL BY ASHLEY M. JONES

February 24, 2017

Poetry
MAGIC CITY GOSPEL
BY ASHLEY M. JONES

Review by Josè Angel Araguz

In a foreword to a selection of her work, Adrienne Rich offers the following reflection on her early writing life: “The learning of poetic craft was much easier than knowing what to do with it—with the powers, temptations, privileges, potential deceptions, and two-edged weapons of language” (emphasis mine). .. read more >

BOOK REVIEW

Intimacy - STANLEY CRAWFORD

February 03, 2017

FICTION
Stanley Crawford’s Intimacy
A Slow and Easeful Thing

Review by Austin Price

The unnamed narrator of Stanley Crawford’s Intimacy may dither for pages on end about his plan to kill himself, but the reader realizes early on that this is only a ritual, a game he plays with himself from time to time. That he has no intention of killig himself. That he cannot kill himself... read more >

BOOK REVIEW

POETRY LUNCH POEMS BY DEBORAH KUAN

January 19, 2017

POETRY
LUNCH POEMS
BY DEBORAH KUAN

Review by Brennan Burnside

Deborah Kuan’s Lunch Poems works exclusively within the realm of the unwanted. Her poïesis is a diffuse assemblage of matter, her predilections are loose ends and detachedness. Her writing challenges the Bakhtinian notion that poetry is restrictive discourse rooted in a singular voice excluding all others (a centripetal gesture that Bakhtin calls monoglossia and compares... read more >

BOOK REVIEW

The Best American Poetry 2016

January 05, 2016

The Best American Poetry 2016
Edward Hirsch (Guest Editor)
David Lehman (Series Editor)

Review by Sean Speers

This has been a difficult year. If you’re like me, “You can’t stop mourning / everything all the time.”1 It seems entirely appropriate that David Lehman dedicates the foreword to The Best American Poetry 2016 to a close reading of Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming”... read more >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION, One with the Tiger BY STEVEN CHURCH

December 22, 2016

Fiction
One with the Tiger
BY STEVEN CHURCH

Review by Michael Mount

There is something entrancing yet repulsive about watching the young Bronx zoo visitor, David Villalobos, leap from a caravan of tram cars and into the pit of a 400-pound Siberian tiger named Bashuta, who, though chained, possesses all the instincts of an apex predator... read more >