Book Reviews

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.

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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 …

Inked

Inked

Inked, by Corinna McClanahan Schroeder. Texas Review Press, 2015. $9, 55 pages.

The bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story, is a literary category that contains some of the most well-loved books in all of literature: To Kill A Mockingbird, Jane

Nicotine

Nicotine

Nicotine, by Gregor Hens. Translation from German by Jen Calleja. Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2015. $12, 168 pages.

There is no acceptable vice that generates instantaneous revulsion as smoking does now. The division between smokers and non-smokers is like day and …

Have at You Now!

Have at You Now!

Have at You Now!, by John Gery. WordTech Communications, 2014. $18, 96 pages.

The poet John Gery is deeply concerned with the propensity of those in power to perpetrate mass violence. Expressed most directly in his 1996 book Nuclear Annihilation

Anatomize

Anatomize

Anatomize, by Natasha Dennerstein. Norfolk Press, 2015. $15, 73 pages.

“Nothing is beautiful, only people are beautiful,” Friedrich Nietzsche observed in Twilight of the Idols. The German philosopher believed that beauty in nature was derived from the beauty we …