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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…

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…

Joe Vallese

Blood,  Brothers From The Southeast Review Volume 29.2 I. Big Brother has just told me that I will be—but did not ask me to be—one half of his act for the Senior Talent Show. “You’ll be Jon Belushi, of course,” he says, twisting a finger into my soft stomach, “and I’ll be Dan Aykroyd.”  I have never seen The Blues Brothers, so this elaboration carries…

Rhythm and Blues

Rhythm and Blues John Casteen I.    (1997) That year the nights were full and fine and myriad of stars.  Each afternoon let crisp light fall across the rippled flanks of sleeping Appaloosa mares, cloud- dappled and lovely.  The mares’ bodies were the Blue Ridge mountains.  The stars were the woman I love.  This was my ever home, & this poem…

Interview: John Casteen

by April Manteris John Casteen is the author of For the Mountain Laurel (2011) and Free Union (2009), part of the VQR Poetry Series from The University of Georgia Press. His poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry. He teaches at Sweet Briar College, where he founded and directs the Sweet Briar Undergraduate Creative Writing…

Interview: Debra Monroe

by Richard Garn   Debra Monroe is the author of four books, including her first novel, The Source of Trouble, winner of the prestigious Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction. Her books have appeared on “Best Ten” lists in Elle and Vanity Fair, and in Borders Bookstores’ “Original Voices” series. Her most recent book, Shambles, is currently available, and her forthcoming memoir On the Outskirts of…

Jerome Stern Benefit

Mark Hinson is a senior writer and columnist for the Tallahassee Democrat and Tallahassee.com. His weekly Sunday humor column, For Amusement Purposes Only, is one of the most popular features in the paper. He studied with Jerry Stern in the mid-80s while he was also an arts reporter and cartoonist for the Florida Flambeau. Hinson also spent a stint working for the…