Kate Zambreno’s “Heroines”

Reading Heroines, I kept thinking of Jane Tompkins’ essay “Me and My Shadow,” and the relief I felt upon discovering it as a disillusioned student. Tompkins, writing in the late…

Wilding the Domestic: Emily McGiffin’s “Between Dusk and Night”

  Patrick Lane, quoted on the back of the volume, is “undone” by Emily McGiffin. Undone – interesting to consider this word as a descriptor when the collection’s final poem,…

The Resonance of Things: Jan Zwicky’s “Forge”

I begin my review of Jan Zwicky’s sonorous Forge with some echolocations—that is, intertextual bricolaging—with excerpts from texts that intersect with the sonic undulations present in Forge. Zwicky’s work welcomes…

Reading and Thinking: Lisa Robertson’s “Nilling.”

Nilling is a book about books. It is a book about reading and a book about thinking, because for Lisa Robertson the two cannot be so easily teased apart. And…

The Limbless and Resolute in Kotsilidis’ Hypotheticals

Hypotheticals Leigh Kotsilidis, Coach House Books Appropriately, the first poem in Leigh Kotsilidis’ debut poetry collection, Hypotheticals, is “Origins.” Echoing against the book’s epigraph—“In the beginning there was nothing, which…

Inter(re)view: I Burn Paris – A conversation with translator Soren A. Gauger.

I Burn Paris was written in a climate of uncertainty, nihilism, social and political upheaval, and precipitous change. The Great War had ended, the Bolsheviks were in power, Europe was…

Sachiko Murakami’s Rebuild

Sachiko Murakami investigates concepts of ownership and belonging through a spare and precise line in her second book of poetry, Rebuild (Talonbooks 2011). Dwelling, home, house, at ease, at rest,…

This Is Why I Hurt You: A Brief Post on Kate Greenstreet

Kate Greenstreet This Is Why I Hurt You, Lamehouse 2008 Greenstreet’s little chapbook fell out from a pile of books on my desk marked “for review.” It’s a big pile…

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