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Book Reviews by Title - T (87)

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Steven D. Schroeder
  • Date Published 2009
  • ISBN-13 978-1-934289-71-6
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 78pp
  • Price $16.00
  • Review by Roy Wang
Steven Schroeder and his brain like to wander. Whether physically through the landscapes of Colorado, or mentally through recollections of schadenfreude, Schroeder drags his rucksack of modern references behind him. String theory, Asimov, army-town life, thermodynamics – all pop up naturally in the course of his bizarre musings.
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  • Book Type Novel
  • by Peter H. Fogtdal
  • by Tiina Nunnally
  • Date Published October 2008
  • ISBN-13 0979018803
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 289pp
  • Price $15.95
  • Review by Laura Di Giovine
The Tsar’s Dwarf is Danish author Peter H. Fogtdal’s first novel to be translated into English. Sørine Bentsdatter, Fogtdal’s unusual heroine, is brilliantly rendered. A deformed female dwarf living in the early 18th century, Sørine is wittily acerbic, angry, and indifferent. She’s also shrewd, sensitive, and fiercely intelligent. At times she’s compassionate and almost kind; at others, her actions are questionable, even deplorable. Always, Sørine is human.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Daniela Olszewska
  • Date Published May 2010
  • ISBN-13 5-800042-942314
  • Format Chapbook
  • Pages 20pp
  • Price $3.00
  • Review by Angela Veronica Wong
Daniela Olszewska’s chapbook The Twelve Wives of Citizen Jane is a collection of poems written in couplets with each poem, as the title implies, dedicated to a wife of Citizen Jane. The number twelve holds mystical, cultural, and religious significance: 12 tribes of Israel, 12 Olympians, 12 Apostles, 12-step programs, 12 imams, the number of studio albums released by the Beatles. There is this same mythical quality to Citizen Jane’s story—we feel Citizen Jane is a vessel for a story, that she is representative of something bigger than just herself.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Ann Scowcroft
  • Date Published March 2011
  • ISBN-13 978-1-926829-67-8
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 104pp
  • Price $19.00
  • Review by Alyse Bensel
Ann Scowcroft’s debut collection overlays simple language with the depth and complexity of family relationships. Centered in interactions with family and close friends, Scowcroft captures a sense of regret in presenting broken and austere images of the home. The Truth of Houses demonstrates how a poet can explore how relationships continuously change throughout the course of a life, providing rich and multifaceted people that populate its pages.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Corrinne Clegg Hales
  • Date Published February 2011
  • ISBN-13 978-1-932870-47-3
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 112pp
  • Price $14.95
  • Review by Alyse Bensel
To Make It Right examines the significance of words said and unsaid, as the speaker navigates the relationship between her family and heritage in a modern world. In coming to terms with past grievances and uncovering the harsh reality of religious persecution, Hales creates strong images that resonate throughout the collection. First-time and experienced readers of Hales will find her command of language succinct yet lyric, an enjoyable experience.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Michael Earl Craig
  • Date Published August 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-1-933517-46-9
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 128pp
  • Price $14.00
  • Review by Matt McBride
In Thin Kimono, Michael Earl Craig’s third book, Craig is a kind of Whitman for post-Google America, where everything is exchangeable and incongruous elements continually collide, creating an equalizing strangeness where no one thing is more important than another. This strangeness, however, doesn’t remove Craig from the world, but rather is his method of being in the world.
  • Subtitle Elizabeth J. Colen, John Jodzio, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Sean Lovelace, Mary Miller
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  • Date Published May 2011
  • ISBN-13 978-0984616619
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 248pp
  • Price $15.95
  • Review by Gina Myers
They Could No Longer Contain Themselves brings together the winner of the third annual Rose Metal Press short short chapbook contest and four of the finalists from the fourth annual contest, resulting in an off-beat, varied, and vital flash fiction collection. The work presented here by Elizabeth J. Colen, John Jodzio, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Sean Lovelace, and Mary Miller shows a range of style and concerns; however, each author presents work that is lively and engaging, making this an essential collection to anyone interested in not just flash fiction but fiction in general. As Rose Metal Press editors Abigail Beckel and Kathleen Rooney write in the preface, “For all of the differences in writing style, technique, and theme, the characters throughout these five chapbooks are barely contained and bursting out.”
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Matthew Rohrer
  • Date Published 2008
  • Format Chapbook
  • Pages 43pp
  • Price $10.00
  • Review by Brian Foley
Described as “a rollicking epic adventure poem of foxy revolutionaries battling a fascist government,” the guts of Matthew Rohrer’s newest chapbook ask for more than just lighthearted fanfare. A departure from the thoughtful and romantic altered-states found in his defining collections Satellite and last year’s Rise Up, They All Seemed Asleep is a minor politically driven marathon that confronts the outrage and confusion brought on by authoritarian powers.
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  • Book Type Stories
  • by Daniel Gabriel
  • Date Published April 2008
  • ISBN-13 978-0980037517
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 147pp
  • Price $12.99
  • Review by Jeff Vande Zande
Daniel Gabriel’s Tales from the Tinker’s Dam centers around The Tinker’s Dam – a pub in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales. Reminiscent of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small or Garrison Keillor’s Lake Woebegone Days, these are tales in the best sense of the word, being both humorous and human.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Mark Statman
  • Date Published January 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-1934909164
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 88pp
  • Price $18.00
  • Review by John Findura
Mark Statman’s first collection of poetry, Tourist at a Miracle, is an enjoyable read filled with Frank O’Hara-ish observations of the everyday, or perhaps more like Bukowski sans booze and racetracks with a little James Schuyler thrown in. Statman’s book is filled with poems that are not to be feared, but instead quench a thirst for big ideas stated simply, that anyone can understand and ultimately use.
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