Reviews

review by Rick LariosPhilip Friedby Chana Bloch

The Moon Is Almost Fu­­ll

Chana Bloch reminds us in her generous, witty, profound, and altogether brilliant final collection, is what we need to tell ourselves as we live our days to the end. In her previous collection, Swimming in the Rain, New and Selected Poems (Autumn House, 2015), which "Conduit" is from, mortality was a topic. In The Moon Is Almost Full it is the topic.

review by Rick LariosPhilip Friedby Chana Bloch
The Moon Is Almost Fu­­ll
review by Lem CooleyPhilip Fried

Two Poets From West Riding

Fascinating if Duffy and Ely were the same person and the cosmic equanimity of Duffy's The Edge of Seeing, lucid clarity directed at Hawthorns, spiders, Celtic remnants, followed the purgation of Ely's Bloody, proud, and murderous men, adulterers, and enemies of God, which "brings together for the first time Steve Ely's recent poetry about violence (back cover)."  But probably not…

review by Lem CooleyPhilip Fried
Two Poets From West Riding
review by Fred MuratoriMallika Voraby Pascale Petit

Mama Amazonica

…Ever since her debut collection, The Heart of a Deer, Petit has refracted her psychological pain through the prismatic lens of exotic natural imagery—particularly that of the Amazon region: its flora, fauna, and indigenous cultures—channeling her personal traumas into poems that simultaneously captivate and disturb…

review by Fred MuratoriMallika Voraby Pascale Petit
Mama Amazonica
review by David CookeMallika Voraby Neil Shepard

How it is, Selected Poems

…Its tight-lipped title would seem to imply a stoical acceptance of the ways of the world, something which is borne out by a closer scrutiny of the poems and has been reinforced perhaps by his familiarity with the farming community of Vermont…

review by David CookeMallika Voraby Neil Shepard
How it is, Selected Poems
review by Frank BeckMallika Voraby Penelope Shuttle

Will You Walk a Little Faster?

…Shuttle expresses a sense of alienation that seems to go beyond a mere “quarrel.” She describes a world in which we cannot be entirely sure that we have fully experienced or accurately remembered anything, except perhaps our hunger for meaning and communication…

review by Frank BeckMallika Voraby Penelope Shuttle
Will You Walk a Little Faster?
by Frank BeckMallika Voraessay on Alain-Fournier

A True Paradise

…Both Fournier’s fiction and his poems sprang from his desire, expressed in a letter to his parents a few months before his encounters with Yvonne de Quiévrecort, “to write books and books for you about everything one saw and felt in that little corner of the earth that was our whole world…”

by Frank BeckMallika Voraessay on Alain-Fournier
A True Paradise