Reviews

A Book with Wings: Bird Book by Sidney Wade

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There is an acceptance of the strangeness of things in these poems, even a generosity big enough to invite the oracle in for dinner.

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The Depths We Don’t Have Words For: Sally Bliumis-Dunn’s Echolocation

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[R]eading these poems feels like looking down into deep water, being able to see only so far and no farther.

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Both Insider and Outsider: Victoria Chang’s Barbie Chang

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Barbie Chang is an intelligent, lively portrayal of the pressures on contemporary women (especially mothers), and a breathlessly entertaining read.

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Faith and Identity: Fireworks in the Graveyard by Joy Ladin

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To “ameliorate” the desire for death or the sense of self-annihilation, Ladin finds in religion a way of reconciliation, not only within herself, but also with her community and society at large.

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A Heart-Centered Engagement: Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

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Thompson-Spires illustrate[s] the psychic traps set when myths take precedence over lived experience, when “the monstrous head deforms the face.”

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Reinforcing the Resistance, Aiding the Anxious: Three Poetry Anthologies

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Barbara Berman reviews three social justice oriented poetry anthologies today at The Rumpus.

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Trust Us When We’re Sick: Maya Dusenbery’s Doing Harm

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The systems created for men by men are not sufficient in caring for women. Different bodies and chemical makeups, of course, require different treatments.

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Tarnished, Shiny Exteriors: Kate Braverman’s A Good Day for Seppuku

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With A Good Day for Seppuku, Braverman has written a collection of intense images and exacting language

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This Most Vulnerable of Houses: Fady Joudah’s Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance

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These poems, poised at the intersections of the material, the metaphorical, and the spiritual, fold into and out of one another as their boundaries dissolve with question after question.

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Logic and Lack of Logic: Best American Experimental Writing 2016

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A crucial part of what makes experimental writing fresh is the way sight works with what is said, whether the material is performed or read in silence.

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