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Book Reviews by Title - R (42)

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Bernard Noël
  • Translated From French
  • by Eléna Rivera
  • Date Published October 2011
  • ISBN-13 978-1-55597-600-2
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 120pp
  • Price $16.00
  • Review by Patrick James Dunagan
Bernard Noël is a cerebral, urban-realist mystic caught up by the extraordinary in everyday language as it passes by, carried in things themselves. He captures the instant of wonder, filled with longing, lust, and above all necessity, grounding it in earthy satisfaction. What the eyes see wanes but lives on as a concern of thought. The book is a record of a life of such sight:
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  • Book Type Edited
  • by Kevin Prufer and Michael Dumanis
  • Date Published June 2013
  • ISBN-13 978-0964145443
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 210pp
  • Price $12.00
  • Review by Lydia Pyne
As an undergraduate, I majored in history and archaeology. I suppose part of the attraction to these degrees was an enthusiasm for the undiscovered and all things old. In Russell Atkins: On the Life & Work of an American Master, part of Pleiades Press’s Unsung Masters Series, I was introduced to a new poet and was reminded of that thrill of finding something undiscovered and underappreciated—an artifact or an idea that time had passed by. In this amazing assemblage of poetry and essays, Editors Kevin Prufer and Michael Dumanis work to acquaint readers with an American poet whose life and work are largely unrecognized.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Oliver de la Paz
  • Date Published March 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-1-931968-74-4
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 88pp
  • Price $14.95
  • Review by Lisa Dolensky
What’s in an author’s name? Just uttering, “Oliver de la Paz” is to be moved by poetry. Repeating the musicality of such a name over and over before even peeling back the cover to the opening poem makes one ponder, “Could this poet’s name be some sort of predestination statement at the root of his creative process? Or evidence of his introduction since birth to the rise and fall of words that have fine-tuned his ear?”
  • Subtitle A Play of Sorts
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  • by Lisa Gill
  • Date Published 2010
  • ISBN-13 9780898232547
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 99pp
  • Price $13.95
  • Review by Richard Oyama
Not every writer could make a face-down with a rattlesnake in her Moriarty living room “a primal encounter waiting to be interpreted,” yet that’s precisely what Albuquerque poet Lisa Gill has done. Her introduction to the play, “The Catalyst & the Evolution,” contains one of the best descriptions of the writing process I’ve read: “Ecdysis is the word for the skin sloughing snakes do and might as well be the word for the process writers go through with revisions of certain manuscripts, those texts whose life cycles demand we shed draft after draft, abandoning each accrued preconception to ultimately access deeper instinct.”
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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Lydia S. Rosner
  • Date Published February 2012
  • ISBN-13 978-1-936419-10-4
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 104pp
  • Price $15.95
  • Review by Patricia Contino
Never judge a book by its title. The Russian Writer’s Daughter sounds like one of the far-too-many tragic family histories of life and creativity during the Soviet Union. And while Lydia Rosner is the daughter of Russian writer Abraham Sokolovsky (changed to Sokol upon immigrating to America in 1917), her accessible, thoughtful memoir is an American one, specifically a New York City one. She focuses on her own life and that of other Russians in the United States, at one point taking aim at another famous Russian writer’s daughter, Alexandra Tolstoy. Rosner and her father deride the charity Tolstoy founded and the White Russians (anti-Communist Russian immigrants) who take advantage of it as “fake.”
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  • Book Type Edited
  • by Ingrid Ruthig
  • Date Published July 2011
  • ISBN-13 978-1-55071-280-3
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 220pp
  • Price $18.00
  • Review by David Breithaupt
Poet and critic Richard Outram was for me one of those writers who occasionally popped up on the periphery of my poetry explorations. I saw him referenced and quoted until I began to wonder who he was. Outram was like one of those neighbors you never introduced yourself to. You passed him or her once or twice a week and waved without an inkling of who they were or what they did.
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Roberto Bolaño
  • Date Published July 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-0811217156
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 208pp
  • Price $23.95
  • Review by Michael Flatt
If you’re reading this review, on this website, you probably know who Roberto Bolaño is/was. You know he died at age 50, likely due to complications from drug and alcohol addictions. You know he was a poet who switched to fiction to support his family. You’ve probably read at least one of his two major works, The Savage Detectives and 2666, and probably a couple of the shorter works like Amulet, Antwerp or Last Evenings on Earth.
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Tao Lin
  • Date Published September 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-1935554158
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 206pp
  • Price $14.95
  • Review by J. LaLande
With his first novel Eeeee Eee Eeee, I encountered the spine-tingling creature known as the “contemporary writer” – contemporary in both the sense of writing now and writing at an age close to my own. After coming to terms with Lin’s persona (an unfortunate combination of reading the back cover of books and the Internet), fiction diverged from my ideas of authorship and the dead white guys who’ve historically run the show.
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  • Book Type Anthology edited
  • by Dinty W. Moore
  • Date Published September 2012
  • ISBN-13 978-0-9846166-6-4
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 180pp
  • Price $15.95
  • Review by Elizabeth O'Brien
Rose Metal Press’s respected Field Guide series serves a literary need by focusing on less covered genres, such as flash fiction, prose poetry, and now, flash nonfiction. The press’s most recent addition to the series, The Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction, provides a number of examples of elegant flash nonfiction pieces, as well as context for thinking about the form.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Laura McCullough
  • Date Published October 2013
  • ISBN-13 978-1-937854-29-4
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 80pp
  • Price $14.00
  • Review by Emily May Anderson
The best word to describe Laura McCullough’s newest book might be “fearless.” This may seem strange, as many of the poems deal with the horrors and threats of the world. These are not poems without fear, but poems that directly confront the speaker’s fears, and in so doing, they offer a way through.
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