Category: Reviews

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…

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,…

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…

Review: If You Knew Then What I Know Now

If You Knew Then What I Know Now by Ryan Van Meter Review by Jacob Newberry The fourteen chronologically (and thematically) linked essays in Ryan Van Meter’s debut collection, If You Knew Then What I Know Now (Sarabande, 2011) employ a variety of narrative techniques, a feature that reminds the reader that almost all of these essays were previously published in some form (including one…