Book Reviews

Farah Marklevits on Duriel E. Harris

Farah Marklevits on Duriel E. Harris

 ____________________________ No Dictionary of a Living Tongue By Duriel E. Harris Nightboat Books April 2017 120 pp. Paper. $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-937658 ____________________________ In her third poetry collection, Duriel E. Harris asks how to devise an authentic self in the face of the brutal limitations imposed by colonial legacies defining American personhood. In response, through masterful […]

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Brian G. Gilmore on Tyehimba Jess

Brian G. Gilmore on Tyehimba Jess

______________________ OLIO By Tyehimba Jess Wave Books, April, 2016 224 pp. Paper. $25.00 ISBN 978-1-940696-20-1 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ WINNER of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry There is, perhaps, no book of poetry ever conceived like Tyehimba Jess’s Olio. David Wojahn’s Mystery Train comes to mind to a degree, as his is another collection where snippets of […]

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Adrienne Unger on Pauline Kaldas

Adrienne Unger on Pauline Kaldas

______________________ Looking Both Ways By Pauline Kaldas Cune Press, September 18, 2017 160 pp. Paper. $19.95 ISBN 978-1-614571-98-8 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯  Sum of My Parts: Pauline Kaldas Reflects on Ideals and Identity of Egyptian American Duality and Assimilation In recounting the words of a radio announcer, who in the days after September 11, 2001 said there is […]

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JAMES BALLOWE Book Review: HUCK OUT WEST

JAMES BALLOWE Book Review: HUCK OUT WEST

_________________________________ HUCK OUT WEST By Robert Coover W.W. Norton & Company, January 2017 320 pp. Hardcover. $26.95 ISBN 978-0-393608-44-1 _________________________________ Huck as He Was Meant to Become In Conjunctions 12, 1988, Robert Coover published twenty-two single-sentence meditations titled, “The Asian Lectures (In anticipation of the question, ‘Why do you write?’).” Many of these responses fit […]

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Susan Porterfield on Made in Detriot by Marge Piercy

Susan Porterfield on Made in Detriot by Marge Piercy

Made in Detroit By Marge Piercy 192 pp. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2015 Hardcover $27.95 Barnes & Noble NOOK $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-385-35388-5                                                        . American Grit If Marge Piercy — poet, novelist, and memoirist — is not already considered a national treasure, she should be. She is the author of eighteen books of poetry […]

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Said Shirazi on Charles Bukowski

CITY LIGHTS PUBLISHERS Said Shirazi Sixteen years after his death from leukemia, Charles Bukowski remains a literary outsider, albeit a very popular one. There is a 2003 documentary in which Bono, Tom Waits, and Sean Penn sing his praises, and three of his poetry readings from 1970, 1979, and 1980 are now available on DVD. […]

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