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from, by Jill Osier. Bull City Press, 2018. 30 pages, hardcover $25, softcover $12.

Jill Osier’s slim new collection from begins to work on us before even we read a word. Against a stark white background, a horse bucks on …

The Leftovers

The Leftovers

The Leftovers, by Shaelyn Smith. Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2018. 232 pages, $16.

There are tons of reasons to read art criticism: you can learn about culture, formulate arguments, or anxiously over-prepare for a Tinder date with a Dada …

Burger

Burger

Burger, by Carol J. Adams. Bloomsbury, 2018. 192 pages, $14.95.

In her groundbreaking 1990 Ecofeminist classic The Sexual Politics of Meat, Carol J. Adams developed the thesis that the exploitation of animals—corralling, domesticating, abusing, slaughtering, and devouring them—is parallel to, …

How to Read Nancy

How to Read Nancy

How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels, by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden. Fantagraphics, 2017. $30, 276 pages.

To read Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy is to slip momentarily in time, back to a lazy mid-century morning …

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 …

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 …

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward. Scribner, 2017. $26, 304 pages.

Award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward has been called both “the heir to Faulkner” and “a failed poet.” The former comes from a glowing piece in Time magazine about Ward, and …