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Reviews & Interviews

Artifice and Authenticity: Two Poetry Books by Les Figues Press

December 5, 2013
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  OUR LADY OF THE FLOWERS, ECHOIC BY CHRIS TYSH LES FIGUES PRESS, 2013  CUNT NORTON BY DODIE BELLAMY LES FIGUES PRESS, 2013 1. Pins Ups: Covering the Classics  “I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike — and I don’t think there really is a distinction between the two — are […]

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Scratched Aquarium Glass & A Chorus of Snow: On Erica Bernheim’s “The Mimic Sea”

November 30, 2013
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The Mimic Sea is not unlike searching for a radio station: half of one song comes in like crystal, but the next is a chorus of snow.

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You Just Wouldn’t Believe What That Kangaroo Did to This Courtyard: Prizefighting Death in CA Conrad’s ‘A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon’

November 21, 2013
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With its obsession with fluids, food, physicality, ‘Marsupial’ sometimes has the wild, unhinged glee of a three-year-old Jackson Pollocking their feces across the wall.

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Martin Rock’s DEAR MARK

October 31, 2013
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The conversation may be one sided, but Rock isn’t interested in merely interpreting Rothko’s paintings. He engages with them, contributes his own poetic flair, and takes and gives equally from his source material.

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Dear Beast Loveliness: Poems of the Body

October 17, 2013
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Tim J. Myers explores the physical and spiritual existences pertaining to the body.

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Rutherford, New Jersey’s Secret Post-Office: a review of John Gosslee’s Blitzkrieg

October 10, 2013
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A fascinating hybrid of new locale poems and an impressive supplemental memoir. 

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Lee Sharkey’s Calendars of Fire

October 3, 2013
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In The Book of the Dead, Muriel Rukeyser writes, “What three things can never be done?
 Forget. Keep silent. Stand alone.” In Calendars of Fire, Lee Sharkey refuses to be that historian or activist, tamed in middle age, no longer pained by injustice.

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“If you remain stationary long enough, someone/will bump into you,” OR the Poetry Party is at Lauren Shapiro’s House

September 26, 2013
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You should be tired at the end, but instead you feel exhilarated. This party has punch—strong punch, like the stuff of these poems. It packs a wallop. You thank the host for what you can only describe as an experience not unlike a multi-valent, multi-vocal, multi-dimensional game of Words with Friends.

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EMILY PETTIT’S BEAUTIFUL PRECISION WITHIN CHAOS

September 12, 2013
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Emily Pettit’s lush lines unfold and unfold and unfold.

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No Apocalypse by Monica Wendel

August 29, 2013
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Gestures, grand and diminutive, poetic and otherwise, made with integrity.

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Waite’s Butch Geography

August 1, 2013
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Let the poems of Butch Geography be a guide. Waite, with generous hospitality and rare humility, will lead you into intimate and unfamiliar landscapes, and once there will help you see yourself in the strange.

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Thanks, Mr. Divine Comedy: Gregory Orr and John Smith dual review

July 11, 2013
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Both inhabit the same generational orbit: Nam, eastern spirituality mixed with a dose of overcoming the dark spots through mindfulness, meditation, a sometimes didactic sense of wisdom that would not be out of place at a weekend retreat on Rumi.

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Painting with Caroline Knox

June 6, 2013
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While Knox’s poems maintain a healthy awareness of themselves as constructed objects (“black and white graphic art,” Knox has called them), they simultaneously feel in constant, and deliriously unpredictable, motion.

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Robert Duncan: The Collected Early Poems and Plays

May 21, 2013
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The breadth of that poetic growth is in itself a fantastic teacher.

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Two Works of Spiritual Aspiration: Flowers and Vogel

May 2, 2013
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Poems are “instruments for thinking” (Allen Grossman). The object of a poet’s thought, however, is often unstated–especially in lyric poetry. Lyric poetry never speaks to an audience, and so–as it is when we are alone–the speaker doess not feel compelled to explicitly state the object of thought but only the thoughts themselves. In this review, I want to try and discern these objects of thought in the works of two poets whose work seem directed at resolving particularly spiritual problems.

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Interview with Joe Weil [AUDIO]

May 2, 2013
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The Eggshell Parade brings you an interview with poet Joe Weil.

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