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 …

Beach Winter

His name is loose. A choir
of seagulls aims to understand it,
but of course, that’s not
going to happen. Especially not when
they can notice a television through
the window. One avoids
the word “comfy” if he can.
Immense …