Author: skopel

Review: A Dying Fall

A Dying Fall, A novel by Elly Griffiths, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviewed by Misha Rai Murder with its usual dash of mayhem, bleak British landscape, university politics, Druid networks, toddlers, complicated love triangles, and the Raven King (what archaeological murder mystery would be complete without the King?) all make their deliciously nefarious presence felt in Elly Griffiths’ A Dying Fall.…

Review: The Alligator’s Bleached Grin: the Grotesque as Eden in Anna Journey’s Vulgar Remedies

Poetry by Anna Journey, Vulgar Remedies Louisiana State University Press Reviewed by Kara Candito In “Eden and My Generation,” Larry Levis claims that the poet realizes the spirituality of place through loss and absence. “Eden,” he states, “becomes truly valuable only after a fall, after an exile that changes it, irrecoverably, from what it once was.” According to Levis, the…

Review: Stealing History

Essays by Gerald Stern, Stealing History. Trinity University Press review by  W. M. Lobko Gerald Stern on the former U.S. general Stanley McChrystal: “…he was and is rebellious violent brilliant cocky insubordinate focused a braggart a patriot, and, as the head of Special Operations and as a commander in the Rangers, a specialized killer”. On the similarity between Babylon, Hell,…

Review: Animal Eye

Poetry by Paisley Rekdal,  Animal Eye University of Georgia Press Reviewed by W.M. Lobko Paisley Rekdal opens her fourth book of poetry with the following salvo: “And then I thought, Can I have more / of this, would it be possible / for every day to be a greater awakening, more light / more light…” This is a limber, confident…

Interview: Emilia Phillips

Interview with Emilia Phillips Interviewer: Joey Kingsley Emilia Phillips is the author of Signaletics (University of Akron Press, August 2013) and two chapbooks. Her poetry appears in AGNI, Beloit Poetry Journal Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, The Journal, The Kenyon Review, Narrative, The Paris-American, Sycamore Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the 2012 Poetry Prize…

Interview: Anna Journey

Vulgar Remedies Ambien, and Eros: An Interview with Anna Journey, by Anna Claire Hodge 1) I had the pleasure of seeing you read years ago alongside the dashing Thomas Lux (who chose your first book, If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting, for the National Poetry Series) and was struck by an image (“men smooth // as conchs in softcore seascapes”)…

Review: Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and Race

Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and Race Edited by Harriet Pollack, University of Georgia Press Reviewed by Patrick Osborne Over the last few decades, literary critics have struggled to interpret Eudora Welty’s treatment of race in her collected works and, for the most part, speculate that she was either blind or ambivalent to racism during her lifetime. Harriet Pollack’s Eudora Welty, Whiteness,…

Regimen Winner: Sarah Sloat

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 SER Online. After sifting through the many excellent submissions from this summer’s run, we managed to select just one poem to display. We are proud to announce that Sarah Sloat is our most recent winner.

Sarah Sloat

Summer 2013 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 SER Online. After sifting through the many excellent submissions from this summer’s run, we managed to select just one poem to display. We are proud to announce that Sarah…