February, 2016

Cracking Geodes Open

Cracking Geodes Open

Poems by Sherry O’Keefe In Cracking Geodes Open, Sherry O’Keefe crystallizes moments of experience and memory gathered or chiseled from relationships. Her finds range from the mountains and plains of Montana, to the farms and villages of Ireland, and the streets of Manhattan. With a deft use of direct narrative and spare lyrical forms, O’Keefe turns over each […]

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To find a new beauty

To find a new beauty

Poems by Andrea Witzke Slot Andrea Witzke Slot’s To find a new beauty is rich with cool, intelligent, and carefully crafted poems that often have a subtext of terror and darkness. She uses a variety of personae — including Penelope, Eurydice, Io, the nymph on Keat’s Grecian urn, a woman who marries her sister’s widower, […]

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Mountains of Light: Seasons of Reflection in Yosemite

Mountains of Light: Seasons of Reflection in Yosemite

Nonfiction by R. Mark Liebenow With his poet’s eye and poet’s sensibilities, Mark Liebenow leads us through one of the great American wild lands, Yosemite National Park. He also marks out a trail through an even wilder landscape, that of grief in the human heart. This is a journey of attentiveness and awareness to nature, […]

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Kibbe

Kibbe

Poems by Susan Azar Porterfield Susan Azar Porterfield movingly portrays the seeking of cultural roots in Lebanon and in her father’s former village of Kousba. What she offers is no less than a thrilling narrative of how we come to love the world, even among maimings, wars, and threats of translated confusions. These poems are […]

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Married but Looking

Married but Looking

by Daniel S. Libman Pushchart Prize-winner Libman’s debut collection establishes him as a talented and original new voice in contemporary fiction. Many stories provide a glimpse into the minds of characters contemplating adultery. In the title story, a married couple travels to Paris where the wife proceeds to send romantic Facebook messages to a former […]

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Dear Editor

Dear Editor

by Amy Newman Each prose poem in this incomparable collection is an impassioned letter to a nameless editor from a writer (“Amy Newman”) seeking publication for poems — about sainthood, chess, and the poet’s solitary childhood — that we never get to read. Taken individually, the poems display a rich and daring originality; together, they […]

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The Uncertainty of Maps

The Uncertainty of Maps

by Nina Corwin The wit of Nina Corwin’s The Uncertainty of Maps belies the fears that haunt these poems–fears of emptiness, of the unknown, of loss!and the act of speaking as a guard against that abyss, a way “[t]o make sense / of this earthly mess.” “I love the witty, rich, urban music of Nina […]

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Lola, California

Lola, California

by Edie Meidav An Absorbing, Intimate Novel About the Burdens and Blessings of Friendship and Family The year is 2008, the place California. Vic Mahler, famous for having inspired cult followers in the seventies, serves time on death row, now facing a countdown of ten days. For years, his daughter, Lana, has been in hiding. […]

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Asylum

Asylum

By Laurence Loeb “In the tradition of physician-poets, Laurence Loeb tenderly, quizzically, humorously explores the progress of a psychiatrist and his patients, tracking both the neophyte doctor as he matures and the patients as they make their discoveries. Asylum literally begins in an asylum, but it ends in an office where the tête à tête […]

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American Poet: A Novel

American Poet: A Novel

Fiction by Jeff Vande Zande This coming-of-age tale centers on a young poet, who is ill-prepared for and frustrated by the hometown he returns to, where he fights with his father and with himself. Set against the backdrop of a broken city and a failed relationship, the novel champions poetry and the underdog — whether […]

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