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Book Reviews by Title - N (37)

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Nausheen Eusuf
  • Date Published November 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-1-63045-050-2900
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 96pp
  • Price $15.95
  • Review by DM O'Connor

Nausheen Eusuf’s debut collection Not Elegy, But Eros is conversing with giants. Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Freud, and a slew of other great names are sitting at the table. In both form and content, Eusuf is serving what these great minds have tackled before.

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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Gregor Hens
  • Date Published January 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-159051793-2
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 175pp
  • Price $16.95
  • Review by MacKenzie Hamilton

Are you a smoker? When did you start smoking? How many cigarettes have you smoked in your lifetime, and what were the brands? Did they have filters? Have these questions ever crossed your mind before? Maybe you're not a smoker, so these questions are useless to you, but maybe you used to be a smoker and now you're trying to recall some of these answers. Or, maybe, you are a smoker, and some of these questions are on your mind every single day. That is exactly the case for Gregor Hens.

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Erdağ Göknar
  • Date Published April 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-1-933527-87-1
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 80pp
  • Price $16.00
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

Erdağ Göknar has a conversational way of writing poetry, yet his phrasing is not at all ordinary. He allows us to eavesdrop on his life in Turkey and America in his first book of poems Nomadologies. Göknar teaches Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, and is an award-winning translator, but it has been a circuitous journey to arrive at his current status.

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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Jane Alison
  • Date Published September 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-1-936787-12-8
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 230pp
  • Price $16.95
  • Review by MacKenzie Hamilton

Jane Alison masterfully constructs an interiority unlike anything before in her novel Nine Island. The prose used in this novel is experimental, lyrical, and poetic. Alison takes the reader on a journey with an aging woman living in solitude with only the company of her cat. The story is constructed in such a way that the reader has no choice but to ride each and every intimate wave that splashes over the page.

  • Subtitle Poems in Conversation and a Conversation
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Kim Addonizio & Brittany Perham
  • Date Published 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-1-940646-02-2
  • Format Chapbook
  • Pages 25pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Kimberly Ann Priest

The Night Could Go In Either Direction is, as the subtitle states, a conversation; a conversation between speakers, Kim Addonizio and Brittany Perham both contributing to this conversation on facing pages of this twenty-five page chapbook covered in lux pink paper that shimmers slightly in natural light. I have never read Perham, but Addonizio’s poems, quickly recognizable, are reminiscent of her collection What is This Thing Called Love. Perham’s prose poems contribute a raw symmetry to this tale of love gone wrong while Addonizio is so Addonizio, saying things that only Addonizio can say in that very Addonizio way.

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Meghan Privitello
  • Date Published September 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-1-62557-962-1
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 47pp
  • Price $8.95
  • Review by Daniel Klawitter

Meghan Privitello is the recipient of a 2014 New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and she is the author of the full-length poetry collection: A New Language for Falling Out of Love (YesYes Books, 2015). Her latest release, Notes on the End of the World, is the winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition and it is an intoxicating work of art that will leave you swooning and word-drunk after you have read it. Despite being 47 pages in length, this chapbook has all the aesthetic weight of a poetry collection double its size. The book contains 20 poems sequentially titled “Day I” through “Day 20” and they are bracketed by two other poems with the same title: “Notes on the End of the World.”

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Ocean Vuong
  • Date Published April 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-155659-495-3
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 89pp
  • Price $16.00
  • Review by Kimberly Ann Priest

I didn’t know that Ocean Vuong was merely 23 years old upon publishing Night Sky with Exit Wounds when I read the book’s opening lines: “In the body, where everything has a price, / I was a beggar.” I didn’t know this, and I’m glad I didn’t. For if I had, the lines of this first poem, “Threshold,” might have been emptied of their testimony to life experience and the whole manuscript’s maturity as reflected in tempered openness and exquisite poetic craft. But art comes to the artist without regard for time, and maturity is as much an act of will as it is a product of experience; this artist has embraced both in his youth, as evidenced in these poems. To date, he is already the recipient of several national awards including a Pushcart Prize and the author of two previously published chapbooks. Simply said, he has not suddenly risen to celebrity status in the world of poetry (if such a thing can be claimed), but has achieved this status gradually through multiple shorter publications and recognitions.

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Danielle Pafunda
  • Date Published December 2013
  • ISBN-13 978-0-9826587-5-8
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 80pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by H. V. Cramond
It's taken me a long time to write this review, at least six months according to the file creation date, and longer than that based on the date on my notes and the date on the book. But Natural History Rape Museum has been in my thoughts all this time, plaiting its Plath-sharp shrieks into my mind.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Sean Bishop
  • Date Published December 2014
  • ISBN-13 978-1-936747-93-1
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 65pp
  • Price $14.95
  • Review by Brian McKenna
The poems in Sean Bishop’s elegiac debut collection The Night We’re Not Sleeping In seethe with animosity—sometimes humorously, sometimes righteously—toward all manner of received wisdom about life, death, grief, and consolation. Selected by Susan Mitchell as the winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry, the collection centers around the death of the speaker’s father, with several longer poetic sequences throughout the book’s four sections interrupting and elaborating on similarly turbulent themes.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Brittany Cavallaro and Rebecca Hazelton
  • Date Published September 2014
  • ISBN-13 978-1-62557-999-7
  • Format Chapbook
  • Pages 36pp
  • Price $8.95
  • Review by Ryo Yamaguchi
It’s funny to think of No Girls, No Telephones in the context of the fan genre, like everyone’s favorite 50 Shades of Gray, but let’s do that for just one wincingly good second. Okay. Of course, this isn’t 50 Shades of Gray. This is poetry, for one. It’s a collaboration between Brittany Cavallaro and Rebecca Hazelton, two talented and accomplished poets. And perhaps most importantly, it riffs not off of a tweeny bestseller but one of the most sophisticated, startling, and idiomatic literary works of the American tradition, John Berryman’s Dream Songs.
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