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Katy Haas

Monster Portraits

July 03, 2018
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Not since Jose Luis Borges’s Manual de zoología fantástica, a dictionary of 120 mythical beasts meant to be “dipped into” and read “randomly, just as one plays with the shifting patterns of a kaleidoscope,” have I picked up such an intriguing and beautiful collection as Monster Portraits by brother-sister, artist-author, extraordinaire collaborators, Del and Sofia Samatar. The fact that Borges was not a Somali-American growing up in the 1980s makes all the difference between the two works. Style, structure, and intention draws parallels, but the narrative of “other,” of foreign, of nomad, adds a profound political and emotional layer.

The Cloud Museum

July 03, 2018
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A figure named Alice dominates the initial section of Beth Spencer’s poetry book, The Cloud Museum. Is Alice real? You’ll have to judge for yourself. The second section of the book swirls around the definitely real artist Jay DeFeo.

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Welcome to Cicada Books & Coffee, a locally-owned bookstore in Huntington's beautiful antique district. We are a general interest used bookstore carrying fiction ad nonfiction with a large children’s collection. We're open seven days a week.

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We've been specializing in used paperback fiction since we opened in 1978. We have over 20,000 books in stock. We accept good condition books for store credit. As of 2015, we have a new owner who added her own special flare to our already unique shop. We offer writing classes, workshops, write-ins, and host a monthly writer's group meeting. Whether you're a reader or a writer, you have a place here.

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The writers in the Summer 2018 issue use the three elements: Jazz, Cradle, and Recluse. Art and photography by Gregg Chadwick, Ann-Marie Brown, John Chavers, Anna Martin, Jennie MacDonald, and more; fiction by Daien Guo and Nina Schuyler; nonfiction by Laken Emerson; and poetry by Devon Balwit, Lea Graham, Nancy McCabe, Judith Waller Carroll, Lois Harrod, Alexander Radison, Anna Wang, and more.

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Khadijah Queen (Prairie Erasure & Other Poems). Sharon Olds "The Engagement" & Other Poems. Kimiko Hahn "Regeneration" & "She Sells Seashells." Plus new poems by Justin Boening, Lynn Melnick, Frank Sherlock, and Maggie Smith.

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This issue’s flash features work by Karen Schauber, Hákon Gunnarsson, David Evan Krebs, Annie Dawid, Sean Murphy, Claire Morgan-Heredia, Hannah Stevens, Brianne Agnizle, Paul Luikart, Vivek Santhosh, Daniel Soule, Geoffrey Forsyth, Mary Kane, Robert Pope, and Kristi Stokes.

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The Massachusetts Review's Summer Issue features nature-fueled poetry from Bob Hicok and Massachusetts native James Haug, an except from a novel by Mhani Alaoui, an analysis of Kamila Shamsie's latest novel by Claire Chambers, and a story of family and fascism by Mirfet Piccolo as translated by Anne Milano Appel. MR's summer issue also features a poem by Ortsion Bartana translated by Hana Inbar and Robert Manaster, an essay about Haitian forests by Sarah Rose Cadorette, and a memoir of his life in 60s Paris by Gerald Williams, along with staggering, expressive cover art and portfolio by Panteha Abareshi.

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Yoko Ono, Krista Franklin, Terrance Hayes, Lynn Melnick, Victoria Chang, Michael Dickman, Joyce Carol Oates, and many others.

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In the latest issue: James Palombo on Anthony Bourdain, Fabia Wong on immigration, Chuck Haupt interviews photographer Stéphane Vereecken and Mark Karlin interviews Henry A. Giroux in “The Nightmare of Neoliberal Facism,” Stephen Poleskie pens a “Then & Now” segment titled “Leaving Moscow?” Poetry by Cammy Pedrosa, reviews by Emily Vogel and Snack Cat, photographer updates on Ellen Jantzen and Larry Hamill, and much more.

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