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Book Reviews by Title - I (63)

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Joseph P. Wood
  • Date Published September 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-1936370115
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 80pp
  • Price $18.00
  • Review by Renee Emerson
I & We is Joseph P. Wood’s first full-length collection of poetry, having authored five chapbooks before. The poems in I & We are aggressive, violent at times, surprising, and unusual. The poem “In What I Have Done & What I Have Failed To Do,” which opens the book, concludes with the lines “I never thought God / would snap my spine,” after the speaker having described him or herself as “the photographer / snapping The Cross submerged in my urine.”
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  • Book Type Two novellas
  • by Gary Amdahl
  • Date Published May 2008
  • ISBN-13 978-1571310712
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 216pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Matt Bell
Gary Amdahl’s I Am Death collects two novellas, the crime story “I Am Death, or Bartleby the Monster (A Story of Chicago)” and “Peasants,” a tale of hostile office politics. The two novellas are strikingly different in setting and tone, allowing Amdahl to display a range of abilities as both a writer and a storyteller.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Karyna McGlynn
  • Date Published November 2009
  • ISBN-13 1932511768
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 74pp
  • Price $14.95
  • Review by Kristin Abraham
When titles are well written, they strike our interest and pull us into the main text, but they also are part of the main text – adding to the story, the voice, the emotional resonance – and should never be something without which a text can survive or make sense. I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl – chosen by Lynn Emanuel for the 2008 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry – does just those things and is exactly what the title of a book should be; even before readers get to what’s inside of the book, it is striking, creative, intriguing, and relevant.
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  • Book Type Essays
  • by Kim Dana Kupperman
  • Date Published July 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-1-55597-560-9
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 224pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Ann Beman
“Perhaps it’s the more subtle experience of relief as a kind of lifting up that most interests me,” says Kim Dana Kupperman in her collection’s opening essay, “Relief.” But what makes the compilation of linked essays interesting to readers? Through deftly untwining stories from her life, she manages to lift us up even as her topics are decidedly downers.
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  • Book Type Poetry/Nonfiction
  • by Kate Colby
  • Date Published June 2015
  • ISBN-13 978-1-937027-45-2
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 128pp
  • Price $16.00
  • Review by Nichole L. Reber
Innovative forms written by literary warriors like Kate Colby illustrate the breadth of structural opportunities in contemporary nonfiction. In the case of Colby’s I Mean, the writer approaches poetry with dynamics and patterns perhaps otherwise expected of prose, and even repeats those techniques in prose.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Loren Erdrich and Sierra Nelson
  • Date Published March 2012
  • ISBN-13 9780984616640
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 64pp
  • Price $14.95
  • Review by Aimee Nicole
I Take Back the Sponge Cake almost looks like a children’s book at first glance. But in reality, this book is a whimsical, lyrical adventure that takes you down a different path with every read. Choose-your-own-adventure books are a rare but surprising delight to come across, and this book is no exception. I especially like how abstract the poetry is; it matches the artwork perfectly. Rather than choosing a direction or making an ethical choice at the turn of each page, the reader is given the privilege of choosing a word to fill in the poems themselves. The words are homonyms (for example, weight and wait, or ring and wring), so although they are pronounced the same, the different meanings lend different import to each choice. The readers’ personal styles and lives have an effect on which word they choose, giving them a unique experience.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by M.L. Liebler
  • Date Published April 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-­0-­8143-­4202-­2
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 88pp
  • Price $15.99
  • Review by Benjamin Champagne
A friend of mine said Google killed the revolutionary. The 99% feel rich. We’re numb and fat. I have access to everything I could ever want. As a matter of fact, my imagination no longer seems as vast as the possibilities created by the internet. However, M.L. Liebler confronts this notion a bit. It is a nudge of awakening. In a generation of Americans with infinite privilege, poverty isn’t even true poverty. He has seen the revolutions in Detroit and the raging in the desert on the other side of the planet. I Want to Be Once ​has the heart of a sage bringing wisdom to those without experience. While I may be stuck behind my computer, living a life of privilege and low conceit, seeking out only those things pertinent to me, Liebler delivers the news of reality and a slant to go along with it. The revolution is in the letter.
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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Jamie Iredell
  • Date Published November 2013
  • ISBN-13 978-1892061461
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 210pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Girija Sankar
Jamie Iredell’s I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac is a collection of essays following the trajectory of the essayist’s life, from school, through college and eventually, to life as a father to his young daughter. The collection of 19 essays delves into topics as varied as body image, obesity, alcoholism, drug abuse, feminism, racism, sexism, corny pickup lines and fatherhood.
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  • Book Type Cross-Genre
  • by Julia Cohen
  • Date Published November 2014
  • ISBN-13 979-1934819383
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 126pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Scott Russell Morris
When I finished Julia Cohen’s I Was Not Born I had the following reactions, more or less simultaneously: That really ends with a punch. I am not so sure what just happened there. I want to try something like this. Even from the first paragraph of the first essay, I knew that this was not going to be a traditional project.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Sandra Beasley
  • Date Published April 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-0-393-07651-6
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 90pp
  • Price $24.95
  • Review by Kate Angus
I Was the Jukebox, selected by Joy Harjo for the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, is Sandra Beasley’s witty and furious second collection (her first, Theories of Falling, won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize).
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