Eli Burley on Mary Hickman: This Is the Homeland

This Is the Homeland, Mary Hickman. Ashahta Press (2015). POEMS FOR THE WAYWARD PILGRIM: MARY HICKMAN’S THIS IS THE HOMELAND As a surgical technologist assisting in open-heart surgery, Mary Hickman…

Hannah Karpinski on Billy-Ray Belcourt: This Wound is a World

This Wound is a World, Billy-Ray Belcourt. Frontenac House (2017). In her essay “Queer Feelings,” from The Cultural Politics of Emotion, Sara Ahmed writes, “Sexual orientation involves bodies that leak…

Emily Zuberec on Jen George: The Babysitter at Rest

The Babysitter at Rest, Jen George. Dorothy Project (2016) Writing a review for the five stories that comprise Jen George’s debut collection, The Babysitter at Rest, has been somewhat of…

Malaea Ergina & Hannah Karpinski on Daphne Marlatt: Intertidal

Intertidal: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1968–2008, Daphne Marlatt. Talon Books (2017). We went to see Daphne Marlatt read as part of Writers Read before we got our hands on her…

MH on Our Lady of Perpetual Realness and Other Stories

Our Lady of Perpetual Realness and Other Stories, Cason Sharpe. Metatron Press (2017). It’s 2017, the year of the great avocado toast debacle, and Cason Sharpe’s debut chapbook of short…

Review: The Doll’s Alphabet

The Doll’s Alphabet, Camilla Grudova, Coach House Books (2017). Camilla Grudova’s debut short story collection The Doll’s Alphabet is palpably weird. A gothic pastiche of peeling wallpaper, scurrying cockroaches, and…

Liz Harmer on Eileen Myles: Afterglow (a dog memoir)

Afterglow (a dog memoir), Eileen Myles. Grove Press (2017). People have feelings about dogs. Lots of feelings. Their antics are one of the Internet’s enduring consolations. I spent a whole…

Christina Turner on Guillaume Morissette: The Original Face

With The Original Face, Guillaume Morissette takes GIF art to the novel The Original Face, Guillaume Morissette. Véhicule Press (2017). “I don’t think I’ll ever make anything that’s even half as…

Jennifer Nelson’s Civilization Makes Me Lonely

Civilization Makes Me Lonely, Jennifer Nelson. Ahsahta Press (2016). The first two sheets of Jennifer Nelson’s Civilization Makes Me Lonely act as a palimpsest. Translucent paper covers Ahsahta Press’ emblem,…

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