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Posted May 02, 2016

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Anselm Berrigan
  • Date Published May 2016
  • ISBN-13 9781940696294
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 96pp
  • Price $18.00
  • Review by Ryo Yamaguchi

I hate to focus so much on form, but in this review of Anselm Berrigan’s Come In Alone, form will take center stage. Or more accurately: form will frame the way we encounter Berrigan’s electric and vocally driven sensibilities. Because the very first thing you will notice when you open this book is the simple but profoundly innovative design, which runs all of the text as a border around an otherwise empty page. (You can look at sample pages here at the publisher’s website.)

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Marsha de la O
  • Date Published September 2015
  • ISBN-13 978-1-938160-81-3
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 104pp
  • Price $16.00
  • Review by Elizabeth O'Brien

Marsha de la O situates her poem “Crossing Over” in time and space as follows:

This time of year, gold lingers
                    in thin autumn air
         ether-light shining
crossing over [.]
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Andy Mozina
  • Date Published March 2016
  • ISBN-13 9780812998283
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 288pp
  • Price $26.00
  • Review by Benjamin Champagne

Contrapuntal motion is the general movement of two melodic lines with respect to one another. There are few variations within contrapuntal, being parallel, similar, oblique and finally, Contrary. Andy Mozina, ever the social dissident, has produced a work that moves in many different directions. It manages a solidarity that many strive to achieve. Mozina has a voice that speaks easily of the dark and laughs until it aches. It yearns towards Bellow’s Humboldt’s Gift, but it is swift in the manner of an iPhone. The ease at which the language flows in Andy’s work is one of the highest selling points. The social constructions that he works are just a simple perk and by product of reading a great dark comedy.

  • Subtitle On the Life and Work of an American Master
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  • Book Type Poetry/Nonfiction Edited
  • by Martha Collins, Kevin Prufer, & Martin Rock
  • Date Published 2015
  • ISBN-13 978-0-9641454-6-7
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 215pp
  • Price $12.99
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

The final paragraph in The Unsung Masters Series book Catherine Breese Davis: On the Life and Work of an American Master reprints her 1996 journal entry. After years of trying to publish a book: “[ . . . ] sometimes when I get exasperated with all this, I think the poems will all end in a black hole. I certainly don’t want to have a posthumous book, but it may come to that.”

  • Subtitle Writings on the Arab Spring
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Tahar Ben Jelloun
  • Translated From the French
  • by Rita S. Nezami
  • Date Published June 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8101-3339-6
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 120pp
  • Price $16.95
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

By Fire: Writings on the Arab Spring, by Tahar Ben Jelloun, due out in June, is a fictionalized account of the suicide by immolation of a young Tunisian man named Mohamed Bouazizi.


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