Laika

Babette came to the home the same week we got a television. They arrived three days apart, both dropped unceremoniously at the front door. Madame Durance never bothered much with the girls but was very put out by the lack …

Gog

Gog

Gogby Brandi George. Black Lawrence Press, 2015. $14, 75 pages.

Gut-wrenching and phantasmagoric, Brandi George’s first full-length poetry collection, Gog, articulates the experience of a young female growing up in an oppressive contemporary rural environment. These poems ask …

Complicated Grief

Complicated Grief

Complicated Grief, by Laura Mullen. Solid Objects, 2015. $18, 120 pages.

Laura Mullen’s writing, especially her emphasis on genre hybridity, urges readers to face emotional and intellectual discomfort by committing to the (perceived) challenges of reading contemporary poetry and prose.

In …

The Seventh Day

The Seventh Day

The Seventh Day, by Yu Hua. Translated by Allan H. Barr. Pantheon Books, 2013. $25, 213 pages.

Yu Hua’s latest novel The Seventh Day opens with an almost apocalyptic first line: “The fog was thick when I left …

Fractals

Fractals

Fractals, by William Bradley. Lavender Ink, 2016. $16, 67 pages.

Some of the greatest problems of our current time are born of a toxic notion of masculinity—one that chooses violence as a way to resolve disputes, one that is …