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Boxing the Compass, Sandy Florian. Noemi Press, 2013. Paper: $15. 114 pages.
In Sandy Florian’s Boxing the Compass, the reader encounters a novella by an author whose restlessness with English pushes her to reinvent her idiom altogether from work to …7
Becoming blood and bone dissolved
into soil into river carving plateau
wide swath of hill and valley neither
deep nor high and I am hawk call and sweet
whistle and gentle chirping answer
and I am cow grazing hillside and …
Revolutionary Brain: Essays and Quasi-Essays, by Harold Jaffe. Guide Dog Books, 2012. $13.95, 128 pages.
Innovator of “docufiction” (the meshing of documentary and fiction), Harold Jaffe has released another strange text that bears witness to contemporary political crises and …3
Back in Texas, August, I’d lie on the lawn
topless. The neighbors didn’t know me
from Adam. Nor the landlord, nor the old man
stealing peaches, stuffing them into a brown paper bag
and sneaking off down the street like …
It is an honor to ever fell a tree.
It is an honor to close all the doors
in the house and what for. We used to,
at the swimming pool, dive down
to the bottom then swim across it,…
On page 89 I was thinking about Picasso’s collection.
Not one impressionist painting,
not one painting in which light plays any part.
Not even in the admirable Cezanne,
not even in the large Renoir.
I could see in my mind’s …
I flail like you wouldn’t
believe sometimes but it’s fine
because it’s mostly in airports and
looks just enough like running.
About a million people are
wearing those Bluetooth headsets
and I refuse to believe they’re all
that important so …
Festival, by Broc Rossell. Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2105. $16, 98 pages.
It is common knowledge among poets that in Italian and Romansh, “stanza” translates to “room,” evoking the paradox of separation and connectedness, of transitioning within a …1
“What,” say you, “are you giving me advice? Indeed, have you already advised yourself, already corrected your own faults? Is this the reason why you have leisure to reform other men?” No, I am not so shameless as to undertake …3
Birmingham, Alabama, native Margaret Eby returned South from her adopted home in New York City to write a travelogue about the towns where the stories of the Southern canon take place, as well as the authors who lived and worked …1