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Zachary Lazar

Zachary Lazar

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 …

Going Out

Seen outside,
sky’s still white,
but flocculent with cloud
blurs, calming to those
who have stopped
lifting binoculars
to witness cliffs
being scaled sidelong
by ruddy mountaineers;
stopped checking
the newspaper’s contract
bridge advice; absorbing diagrams
of various crashes; reacting…

White Tears

White Tears

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 …


how soon
it is winter again.
these days
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

Survivor Café

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 …