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Reviews & Interviews

Melodrama, MFAs, and Life as a Movie: Carina Finn talks with Lisa Marie Basile

July 3, 2012
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I wanted to create a space where I could be honest without feeling required to adhere to some arbitrary notion of what was True.

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Interview with Matthea Harvey

June 21, 2012
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I’ve always been crazy about animals, so I do remember liking the story of Mary and the lamb that followed her to school, when I was little.

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Calf-love is Fanciful, Wistful

June 14, 2012
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Of Lamb is the rare, special kind of book that is so beautiful one can’t help but keep it wrapped in tissue paper when they’re carrying around, as they might a shiny stone kept for luck.

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Artistry Bordering on Meditation: Discussing The Artist As Mystic with Yahia Lababidi

June 12, 2012
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The setting, Yahia reminds me more than once, is a little absurd.

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The Petal of My Tongue Keeps Slipping: Darcie Dennigan’s Madame X

May 31, 2012
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“Some say the world will end in fire, / Some say in ice” famously wrote Robert Frost. “I whispered precipice” Dennigan answers, “[…] because precipice contains ice (practically twice).”

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Interview with Colin Winnette, Part 2

May 28, 2012
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“I think we want to innovate.”

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An Erotics of Reading: Jennifer Karmin’s “aaaaaaaaaaalice” Reviewed.

May 25, 2012
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In place of a hermeneutics of reading, as Susan Sontag’s ghost might say, we need an erotics of reading.

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Interview with Colin Winnette, Part 1

May 21, 2012
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The seven sections of Colin Winnette’s slim new novel Revelation correspond to the seven angels of the Book of Revelation.

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Her Death Lobbied to be Gruesome: On Dana Curtis’s “Camera Stellata”

May 10, 2012
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This is a kind of Stockholm Syndrome, of course (as all existentialism is), but it’s a defiant, expansive strain that’s nobody’s fool or prisoner.

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Won’t the Trees Be Tall Again If We Climb Again

May 3, 2012
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A review of Fast Animal by Tim Seibles

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What’s Astonishing: Polina Barskova’s The Zoo in Winter and Austin LaGrone’s Oyster Perpetual

April 26, 2012
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Any review of literature in translation is also a review of the translation. And in this act, the review is also, in part, a comment on the endeavor of translation itself.

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Poetry Scenes: Portland — OR Stumptown Renaissance: How Portland Learned to Love Poetry (Again)

April 23, 2012
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Portland just feels different.

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The Ecstatic Tragedy of Reality TV: Interview with Kate Durbin on E!

April 2, 2012
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The echoes of her pain are still reverberating, like a mechanical baby doll, crying forever: a baby, our baby, who can never be soothed.

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Funhouse Mirror as Lite-Up Makeup Mirror: Kate Durbin’s E! Entertainment

March 19, 2012
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If Hedda Hopper had been reincarnated into a bag lady forced to stuff her own newspaper columns into her clothes for warmth, the wyrd outer hummings of her cycle toward rebirth might well have been echoed in Kate Durbin’s E! Entertainment.

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Bat & Man

February 28, 2012
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It’s also the nature of mythology to slowly but surely seep into the collective consciousness.

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The Letters of Samuel Beckett

February 2, 2012
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In order to write, Beckett first had to wipe the slate clean and wipe out conventional notions about the nature of human reality.

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