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Book Reviews by Title - S (137)

  • Subtitle translations, variations and responses to the poetry of Xin Qiji
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Christopher Kelen and Qiji Xin
  • Translated From Chinese
  • by Agnes Vong
  • Date Published April 2007
  • ISBN-13 978-0977297498
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 161pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Roy Wang
The title of this collection ambitiously suggests that after the first part of translations, the following variations and responses should enlighten our skies and blow us away. And while it doesn’t deliver the promised symphony of fire, it does burn in a few impressions that will last after the words have faded.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Ann Cefola
  • Date Published August 2011
  • ISBN-13 1936715074
  • Format Chapbook
  • Pages 31pp
  • Price $12.00
  • Review by Alyse Bensel
Within this brief but multitudinous chapbook, Ann Cefola contemplates ordinary existence alongside the sacred. In 28 poems of varying form—some splaying across the page, others in neat, organized stanzas—St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped investigates the constant buzz and movement of modern existence through these lyrical narratives. The world of schoolboys, make-up counters, hotels that may appear familiar is elevated into something of greater importance.
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Alice Kaltman
  • Date Published August 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-0-9860922-7-5
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 248pp
  • Price $8.99
  • Review by MacKenzie Hamilton

If you are looking for a contemporary, kooky, relatable read, look no further than Alice Kaltman’s Staggerwing. This collection of short stories is reminiscent of that ‘I can’t remember why I walked into the room’ feeling, something everyone can relate to. The characters are original and full of life, while also exhibiting off-the-wall characteristics. Staggerwing will have you barking out a laugh as its characters attempt to look graceful while walking across a tightrope.

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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Eleanor Lerman
  • Date Published July 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-1-936419-73-9
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 306pp
  • Price $18.95
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

Eleanor Lerman began her writing career at twenty-one as a poet, branching out over the years into short stories and novels while winning prizes along the way. Her latest book is a suspense-filled science fiction novel called The Stargazer’s Embassy.

  • Subtitle A Neo-Scientific Novella
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  • Book Type Cross-Genre
  • by Amy Catanzano
  • Date Published 2014
  • ISBN-13 978-1-934819-39-5
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 118pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Benjamin Champagne
Starlight In Two Million bills itself as a neo-scientific novella. Amy Catanzano works in quantum poetics, a lofty goal. She states that she tries to amplify the hallucinatory experience of the novel by changing perspectives and seeks to find a fourth person perspective in the mode of time. Detached and somewhat nonlinear, the novel moves from an outré perspective and gives itself to the form much of the time, posing a challenge for the reader looking for one. The work attempts to produce a feeling, a controlled navigation through a hypercube.
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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Beth Holmgren
  • Date Published November 2011
  • ISBN-13 978-0253356642
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 432pp
  • Price $39.95
  • Review by Patricia Contino
Prior to audio and video, theatre history is a frustratingly silent one. Reviews, illustrations, journal entries, photographs, designs, and prompt books are helpful—and rare.
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Elizabeth Spencer
  • Date Published January 2014
  • ISBN-13 978-0-87140-681-1
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 208pp
  • Price $24.95
  • Review by Olive Mullet
Ninety-two-year-old Elizabeth Spencer, with fifteen works published over the course of seven decades, is known as the “Grand Dame” of Southern literature—yet she addresses contemporary family problems as sharply as any younger author. Her best-known work is the 1960 novella Light in the Piazza, as it was made into a Broadway show. It’s been more than a decade since her last book, and her new short story collection, Starting Over, is worth the wait.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Larissa Szporluk
  • Date Published 2015
  • ISBN-13 978-0-9832317-5-2
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 35pp
  • Price $10.95
  • Review by Melinda Ruth
The mythic and the humane combine in Startle Pattern to create an arrow of divination that pierces the heart of injury and healing. Larissa Szporluk delivers prophecy in the form of bone, loss in the form of tone, and violence in the form of stone.
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  • Book Type Edited
  • by Joshua Beckman, Matthew Zapruder
  • Date Published September 2008
  • ISBN-13 978-1933517339
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 144pp
  • Price $14.00
  • Review by Vince Corvaia
The word “politics” comes from the Latin politicus and means, according to Merriam-Webster, “of or relating to government, a government, or the conduct of government.” It’s the conduct of government – George Bush’s government – that concerns most of the 50 poets collected here. Some are famous; some are new. All are accomplished and impassioned.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by James Cummins
  • Date Published January 2012
  • ISBN-13 978-0-88748-545-9
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 120pp
  • Price $16.95
  • Review by Joanna Kurowska
James Cummins’s volume Still Some Cake tells a story whose meaning unfolds gradually, like in a puzzle, as one pieces together phrases, motifs, insights, scenes, catchwords, central figures, and word or theme repetitions. Because it is a story, it seems advisable to read the collection as a whole, from the first to the last page.

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