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Book Reviews by Title - C (97)

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Bruce Covey
  • Date Published May 2014
  • ISBN-13 978-1-934819-34-0
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 122pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Elizabeth O'Brien
Bruce Covey’s Change Machine is a lively book that takes a humorous approach to formal experimentation. Among other ideas, Covey examines how the man-made world intersects with the natural one. Here, “man-made” includes human inventions both critical—mathematics, industry, philosophy—as well as trivial—puns, pop singers, imitations. The speaker’s voice is conversational but emotionally cool, and its consistency holds together a varied array of poetic forms including sonnets, near-sonnets, and imitations of iconic poems by Frank O’Hara, Alice Notley, and Ted Berrigan.
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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Christopher Schaberg, Mark Yakich
  • Date Published October 2011
  • ISBN-13 978-0-615-46640-8
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 112pp
  • Price $9.95
  • Review by Cheryl Wright-Watkins
In this book, the two writers explore various elements and facets of modern air travel. The design of the pocket-sized volume is unusual: it is reversible, each half reflecting the unique perspective of its author. Both men are professors in the English Department at Loyola University in New Orleans where they met. Checking In contains the observations and experiences of Schaberg, who once worked as a cross-utilized agent for SkyWest Airlines at the Gallatin Field Airport near Bozeman, Montana while he was attending graduate school. In Checking Out, Yakich explores his lifelong fear of flying. Schaberg and Yakich recently launched a website, www.airplanereading.org, on which they publish an ongoing anthology about air travel in their effort, according to the website’s mission statement, to take airplane reading “beyond throwaway entertainment or mere distraction.”
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Paula Bohince
  • Date Published April 2012
  • ISBN-13 978-1936747283
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 80pp
  • Price $14.95
  • Review by Trena Machado
Hornets, locusts, bees, trees, the heart: recurring images bring us into the river, the river we ride inside us in Paula Bohince’s The Children. Bohince spares children no respite due to young age in “Pussy Willow”:
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Karen Rigby
  • Date Published January 2012
  • ISBN-13 978-1-934103-25-8
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 64pp
  • Price $17.50
  • Review by Alyse Bensel
The lush and tactile imagery of Chinoiserie overwhelms the senses to invigorate a poetic world full of objects, people, and places. Spanning cities and centuries, Karen Rigby’s debut collection and winner of the Ahsahta Press 2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize enraptures the reader through vivid and carefully rendered description, from flowers to fabrics to street scenes. A noteworthy collection of free verse engaged in shape and line, Chinoiserie enthralls throughout each poem, always connected to the senses.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Rick Barot
  • Date Published July 2015
  • ISBN-13 9781941411032
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 72pp
  • Price $14.95
  • Review by Elizabeth O'Brien
There is saying that “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach,” derisively suggesting that teachers only resort to teaching because they are professional failures in their chosen fields. But Rick Barot’s Chord is the kind of book that will make readers see the reality that sometimes those who can—like Barot—are also willing to teach. Luckily for us.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Rachel Rinehart
  • Date Published January 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-1-934695555
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 72pp
  • Price $20.00
  • Review by Benjamin Chase

Rachel Rinehart’s new collection The Church in the Plains is a historical, cultural, and religious journey, as Rinehart explores her German Lutheran roots in a richly reflective and imaginative book of poetry. With a knack for rendering human peculiarities and foibles, Rinehart writes poetry with echoes of Robert Lowell and the confessional poets, but with a streak of heritage and flair all her own.

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  • Book Type Anthology Edited
  • by Patrick ten Brink
  • Date Published October 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-1-941861-70-7
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 354pp
  • Price $19.95
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

Editor Patrick ten Brink has rounded up a mix of genres for the newly released The Circle: A Brussels Anthology.

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Noel Sloboda
  • Date Published March 2012
  • Format Chapbook
  • Pages 34pp
  • Price $7.00
  • Review by Theresé Samson Wenham
Noel Sloboda released two chapbooks from different presses in 2012. His screen-printed, stanza-form chapbook, So Below (sunnyoutside, March 2012) contains four short poems and a deftly made two-color fold-out. Unlike So Below, the other chapbook of prose poems, Circle Straight Back, is sparse and unadorned. The effect is matter-of-fact, archival, and unsentimental. This seems an appropriate device for poetry of subtle misery and overt tragedy. It is certainly a theme running through the text. From the first poem, “Birth of Tragedy,” to the end of a species in “Of Species,” the threads of death, destruction, tragedy, and disappointment prevail.
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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Darcy Lipp-Acord
  • Date Published September 2013
  • ISBN-13 978-0986035555
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 117pp
  • Price $16.95
  • Review by Girija Sankar
What is home? Darcy Lipp-Acord asks. Is it in the prairies of South Dakota where she grew up? Or amidst the mountains of Montana where she attended college? Where does one truly ever belong? What is place? Lipp-Acord explores these and other timeless themes in Circling Back Home: A Plainswoman’s Journey. In a total of thirteen essays, written over ten years, Lipp-Acord wraps the reader up in the intimacy of her marital home, her childhood home, her husband’s ranch, and the lives of her children. Lipp-Acord grew up in Timber Lake, South Dakota, on a farm where three generations of her family have lived. She now lives on a ranch near the border of Montana and Wyoming with her husband, Shawn, and their six children.
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  • Book Type Novella
  • by Tim Horvath
  • Date Published March 2009
  • ISBN-13 978-1934513149
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 68pp
  • Price $10.00
  • Review by Jason Hinkley
In his introspective novella Circulation, Tim Horvath devotes special attention to examining the grey areas of modern life where reality and fantasy often meet and the distance between life and death dwindles. In what would best be described as character self-development, Horvath brings the reader face to face with the narrator Jay's dual preoccupations of family connection and recorded knowledge. The self examining nature of Circulation presents the reader with a sympathetic look at these twin pillars of the protagonist's identity, even as Jay begins to slowly tear them down.
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