Month: July 2012

Bonnie Armstrong

Summer 2012 Writing Regimen Contest Winner At the end of every month-long writing regimen, participants are invited to submit up to three of their best regimen-inspired pieces for a chance at publication in SEROnline. After sifting through the varied and truly wonderful submissions from this summer’s run, we managed to select just one prose piece to display. We are proud to…

Review: Wild / Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Knopf. 2012. Reviewed by Paul Haney Cheryl Strayed’s new memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, is about a 26-year-old woman coming to terms with the hardships of her life by retreating for two months to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. This retreat, however, is no…

Justin Torres

Interviewed by David Naimon When a new voice arrives on the scene you just know it. Even if at first you don’t know what makes it so. The thrill of discovery begins with the disorientation of the unexpected—the rules unclear, the syntax a cipher, the usual tropes nowhere to orient you. The most elastic of forms—the novel—is tugged at, stretched, twisted and twirled, reshaping itself to…

Review: Between the Crackups / Rebecca Lehmann

Rebecca Lehmann. Between the Crackups. Salt Publishing. 2011. Reviewed by Claire Nelson Rebecca Lehmann suffers fools; she suffers love and tradition, suffers childhood, suffers adults and changing landscapes. She suffers with yip and bite, with honesty. Lehmann’s collection Between the Crackups puts my mind at ease, each poem reassures me that between the crackups, along the dirty seam that runs across our…

Dan Magers

Interviewed by Jess Novak Dan Magers is co-founder and co-editor of Sink Review, an online poetry journal, as well as founder and editor of Immaculate Disciples Press, a handmade chapbook press focused on poetry and visual arts collaborations. He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. His book, Partyknife, was released this year from Birds, LLC.

Review: Partyknife / Dan Magers

Dan Magers. Partyknife. Birds, LLC. 2012. I tried to sneak PARTYKNIFE into a movie I had it in my bag but it was too loud, they made me leave. I threw it down on the ground and yelled DOMINO MOTHERFUCKER and every kid there handed over their money, they were pissed. I stood outside your window holding up PARTYKNIFE like a boombox.…

Review: Syzygy, Beauty / T. Fleischmann

T. Fleischmann. Syzygy, Beauty.  Sarabande Books. 2012. Reviewed by Christine Martorana Early in T. Fleischmann’s text Szygy, Beauty, the speaker expresses that “By describing something we place it at a distance”. And yet, paradoxically, the speaker does just this—describing in poetic detail his obsessive love for an unavailable partner.  Why, then, knowing the ensuing distance, does the speaker describe the one thing he wants,…

Roger Reeves

Interviewed by Chris Mink Roger Reeves’ poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, and Tin House, among others. He earned his MFA from the James A. Michener Center for Creative Writing, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Texas and an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His first book, King Me, is forthcoming from Copper…

Review: Either Way I’m Celebrating / Sommer Browning

Sommer Browning. Either Way I’m Celebrating. Birds, LLC. 2011. Reviewed by John Beardsley In reading Either Way I’m Celebrating, Sommer Browning’s first full collection of poems, one of a variety ofthings that came to mind was the scene from Kill Bill Vol. 2where Uma Thurman extracts Daryl Hannah’s one remaining good eye and drops it to the trailer carpet like a sad peeled…