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  • Subtitle A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight
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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Terrance Hayes
  • Date Published September 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-1-940696-61-4
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 224pp
  • Price $25.00
  • Review by Cody Lee

I was nervous going into this book. I imagined a comparison between two poets to be full of abstruse information on cadence and meter, et cetera. To Float in the Space Between is indeed a comparison between the author, Terrance Hayes, and the late “prison poet,” Etheridge Knight; however, at no point in time does Hayes leave the reader out in the storm. He invites us inside, shares a cigarette, and lets us borrow his skin for a couple hundred pages.

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Karen Weiser
  • Date Published April 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-1-933254-63-0
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 72pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Katy Henriksen
So it goes, and a mollusk can not draw
the machine as we can not draw the heart
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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 Fiction
  • by Goldie Goldbloom
  • Date Published February 2010
  • ISBN-13 9781930974883
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 321pp
  • Price $26.00
  • Review by Alex Myers
An albino woman, a dwarf named Toad, and two Italian prisoners of war on a rabbit-ridden farm in the nether reaches of Australia: what could be a better premise for a novel? Setting such a bizarre and unique concept at the center of a piece of fiction is a bold strategy, but Goldie Goldbloom’s debut novel, Toad’s Museum of Freaks and Wonders, never falls short of the mark. The winner of the 2008 AWP Award for the novel, it is apparent from the first few pages that you are in the hands of a master; Goldbloom writes with clarity and complexity, balancing abstract questions of identity, love, and value with a tensely developed plot and rich characters.
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  • Book Type Flash Fiction
  • by Howie Good
  • Date Published Achilles Chapbook Series, December 2008
  • Format Chapbook
  • Pages 24pp
  • Price $4.00
  • Review by Ryan Call
A vague, unnamable danger drives much of the language throughout Howie Good’s Tomorrowland. The narrator speaks of a land in which “bodies in the early stages of decay hang like gray rags from the trees” and authorized personnel instruct evacuees “to wait for the destroying angels to tire and the broken buildings to stop burning.” It seems that the characters of this world cannot escape no matter how carefully they plot: secret police and paid snitches abound, and the whirring ceiling cameras never cease.
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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 Poetry
  • by Catherine Pierce
  • Date Published December 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-0-996-22066-8
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 88pp
  • Price $16.00
  • Review by Kimberly Ann Priest
Once, a hundred years ago, the tornado
was a young man being pulled along
by the Missouri River while his friends
laughed, then called, then screamed, then
went silent . . . .  — “On the Origins of the Tornado”
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Albert Mobilio
  • Date Published January 2011
  • ISBN-13 978-1-934029-16-9
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 88pp
  • Price $14.00
  • Review by Sima Rabinowitz
onlineropositions written broken-english wise,” the poet writes in “Average Reader,” a phrase that embodies this book’s essence and which characterizes what is most appealing about it, original syntax, a unique sense of what can be “english-wise.” Perhaps the poet imagines that this unique language is precisely what we need to survive: “you want to be saved,” Mobilio insists in the collection’s opening poem, “Touch Wood.” And how could we not be saved by such lines as “we lay down housed,” reminding us of the human capacity for invention, for creativity.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Rod Smith
  • Date Published April 2015
  • ISBN-13 978-1-940696089
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 92pp
  • Price $18.00
  • Review by Benjamin Champagne
I’ve become more accustomed to seeing flarf poems performed via YouTube. I was beginning to believe that it was a medium designed for the internet purely, a meta commentary on how commentary works in this day. In Touché, Rod Smith weaves the internet generation together with Robert Creeley and William Carlos Williams. The old Yeat’s nugget, “Poetry makes nothing happen” is contorted and refracted through all of Smith’s lines to discuss how the great nothing is happening all around us.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Sarah Eaton
  • Date Published January 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-1935402619
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 93pp
  • Price $16.00
  • Review by Michael Flatt
Sarah Eaton’s Tough Skin is a fun, scary book of prose-y poetry. Most people would probably agree that “scary” is an unusual quality to find in poetry. I can explain, I promise. While a lack of attachment to extended narrative prohibits the contemporary poem from creating the aspects of story necessary to truly feel fear – empathize-able characters, anticipation/suspense, etc. – Eaton’s poems make gestures toward horror in narrative microbursts. Think of the campy, shrewdly written episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which don’t give the viewer time to truly care whether the main character is murdered, but give pleasure of fright in their 30-minute mime shows of horror-film dialogue, melodrama and plot twists.
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