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Rudrapriya Rathore on Kayla Czaga: For Your Safety Please Hold On

Rudrapriya Rathore on Kayla Czaga: For Your Safety Please Hold On

For Your Safety Please Hold On, Kayla Czaga. Nightwood Editions (2014). Kayla Czaga’s debut collection of poetry, For Your Safety Please Hold On, manages a balance in voice and tone that is likeable, playful, domestic—but also unpredictable, full of precipices and turns. Poems such as “Gertrude Stein Loves a Girl,” “Some Girls” and “For Play” question...
Kailey Havelock on Karen Connelly: Come Cold River

Kailey Havelock on Karen Connelly: Come Cold River

Come Cold River. Karen Connelly. Quattro Books (2013). aaaaaaNot a door or a window left of that time aaaaaaNothing to walk back inside aaaaaaonly recollections of people scattered aaaaaaaaaaaaanameless or forgotten aaaaaaWhat is the use of a people’s history? (101) These lines appear in the second to last poem of Karen Connelly’s Come Cold River,...
Hannah Hackney on Suzannah Showler: Failure to Thrive

Hannah Hackney on Suzannah Showler: Failure to Thrive

Failure to Thrive. Suzannah Showler. ECW Press (2014) There is a common thread running through these poems – fundamentally, the wry, desolate voice – but Showler’s dark debut collection reveals a range of talents. Her confidence and vision are equally felt in the mapping of a cerebral artifact, such as “A Short History of the...
Jacob Wren on Leanne Simpson: Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back & Islands of Decolonial Love

Jacob Wren on Leanne Simpson: Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back & Islands of Decolonial Love

Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence, Leanne Simpson (ARP Books, 2011)       Islands of Decolonial Love: Stories and Songs, Leanne Simpson (ARP Books, 2013)         There is a short sentence I keep coming back to, only seven words: how to live as if it...
David Walker on  Craig Cotter: After Lunch with Frank O’Hara

David Walker on Craig Cotter: After Lunch with Frank O’Hara

After Lunch with Frank O’Hara, Craig Cotter (Chelsea Station Editions 2014) In 1959, Frank O’Hara published “Personism: A Manifesto”, a tongue-in-cheek essay that, for all its cynicism towards critical prose about poetry – the essay’s first line insists that “everything is in the poems” (247) – remains the clearest articulation of O’Hara’s casual, intimate poetics....
Mat Laporte on Katy Bohinc: Dear Alain

Mat Laporte on Katy Bohinc: Dear Alain

Dear Alain, Katy Bohinc. Tender Buttons Press,  2014   Dear Katy, I wrote you once to say I was afraid to review your book because I’m afraid to draw the wrath of Bro Marxists. But on second thought, I realized this epistolary form might be one way to circumvent that. For starters, a letter is not as...
Trisha Low on Steven Zultanski’s Bribery and Brandon Brown’s Top 40

Trisha Low on Steven Zultanski’s Bribery and Brandon Brown’s Top 40

I guess there are certain things that one is obligated not to talk about in a book review, like one’s personal relationship to the authors of those books one is reviewing, or really, any personal details about oneself. But for the purposes of this review, honestly let’s just fuck it. I, Trisha Low, am friends...
A Few Of My Favorite Things: Non Fiction

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Non Fiction

I’ve read more this year than I have in the past several years but still, nowhere near what I used to read in a given year. I understand, if I didn’t already I suppose, why there are fantasies of reading for mothers. Gone are the days when I could easily sustain a reading practice. By...
A Few Of My Favorite Things: Children's Books

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Children’s Books

Who Built That? Modern Houses, Princeton Architectural Press, 2014 My three year-olds are technically way too young for this, but I bought it for them anyhow because we already look at houses when we’re walking and this will make it more fun. Gorgeous book. Gift appeal: wide Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson, Penguin 2014 Yes,...
A Few of My Favorite Things 2014: Poetry

A Few of My Favorite Things 2014: Poetry

Like all lists, this is incomplete, even as a list of my favorite poetry things of the year. It’s incomplete because I often lend, or give books that would be on this list for example, and when it comes time to draft the list I have to go with what is in the “can’t shelve”...