When African literature is published in the West, it is all too often realist, in English, and in the spirit of Chinua Achebe. But romance, science fiction, fantasy, epic, experimental poetry, satire, and political allegory all find expression in Africa, …
Q: Did that horse catch fire in the lake?
A: Define fire.
Q: Did that horse or lake catch fire?
A: Define horse.
Q: Did that horse and lake catch fire simultaneously?
A: Define lake.
Q: Did that fire or …
I was delighted to get ahold of a Zachary Lazar’s latest novel, Vengeance, a book that takes readers deep inside the horrors of the prison-industrial complex, where we cannot, in good faith, look away. We begin in the notorious …
sky’s still white,
but flocculent with cloud
blurs, calming to those
who have stopped
to witness cliffs
being scaled sidelong
by ruddy mountaineers;
the newspaper’s contract
bridge advice; absorbing diagrams
of various crashes; reacting…
Anne Gisleson’s debut memoir, The Futilitarians (Little, Brown and Company, 2017), chronicles her year hosting an Existential Crisis Reading Group (ECRG). She and her friends meet monthly for smart conversation and camaraderie. But Gisleson’s book isn’t just about reading …
White Tears, by Hari Kunzru. Knopf, 2017. 288 pages, $27.
In Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe’s most lasting and celebrated play, an accomplished man of learning sells his soul to the devil for knowledge of necromancy, or magic. For this vainglorious …
The Abridged History of Rainfall, by Jay Hopler. McSweeney’s, 2016. $22, 80 pages.
Jay Hopler’s second collection, The Abridged History of Rainfall, is a complex, highly stylized investigation of loss, memory, and the nature of language. Like Hopler’s first book, Green Squall, …
and I was like Bill! I’m a fan! Come over for lunch!
and he said he’d be delighted though he was sunburned
and wearing a salmon-colored shirt which made him
self-conscious he told me in confidence
I served tuna sandwiches …
it is winter again.
that try to fool us with their heat
cannot last long,
cannot convince us
of any other season but this:
rosebuds, puckered like sweetest mouths,
the chinese talla,
letting go its autumn …
Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, by Elizabeth Rosner. Counterpoint, 2017. $26, 237 pages.
Every generation bears the suffering and guilt of the one before. Poet and novelist Elizabeth Rosner explores this theme from her …
Relatively cheap, and oversweet, and yet I take one,
place it full inside my mouth.
A drone the fuck inside a beige and cuboid house
and through a loving mother’s skull
and through the soul of us.
A praline in …