Monthly Archives: February, 2020

Book Reviews

Ghost Dogs by Dion O’Reilly

Review by Claire Keyes Ghost Dogs is fierce, funny, horrible and yet beautiful in the way O’Reilly’s language transforms the details of a gritty life into striking lyric poems. It’s the tale of a mature woman (one of her…

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Glory to All Fleeting Things by S. Erin Batiste

Review by Anna Limontas-Salisbury   Glory to All Fleeting Things reads like a Baptist Church Revival testimony. A testimony in black church vernacular is the story a believer of Jesus tells or testifies about life’s rough times. At the end of…

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Celibate by Maria Giura

Review by Emily Webber Maria Giura’s memoir, Celibate, focuses on her decade-long relationship with a Catholic priest and her journey to find her true vocation in life. As a lifelong Catholic myself, one who has wrestled with my faith…

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Stray Harbor by Rage Hezekiah

Review by Ana C. H. Silva I read Rage Hezekiah’s Stray Harbor as a newly (early) menopausal person, so tears don’t spring up in my eyes as readily as they used to, but goodness did they try. Her language is…

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Letdown by Sonia Greenfield

Review by Jennifer Martelli In her prose poem #59, Sonia Greenfield asks What is it about a sick boy that renders him gorgeous? . . . . Is it how I can gather all of your heat to me and…

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to cleave by Barbara Rockman

Review by Kimberly Bowcutt To cleave: A contranym, “cleave” is metamorphosis and movement, blessed beginnings and violent ends. It is complicated. Barbara Rockman’s newest collection of poetry to cleave is a contemplative exploration of how love is sustained in…

Authors' Notes

Author’s Note – Jayne Martin on Tender Cuts

Jayne Martin on writing Tender Cuts “Tender Cuts” is a collection of 38 flash fiction stories, all but two under 300 words, the shortest at just 48. “What is Flash Fiction?” you may be asking. The Meriam Webster dictionary…

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The End of Aphrodite by Laurette Folk

Review by Carole Mertz Themes of family, marriage, motherhood, forgiveness, and the recklessness of adolescence shape The End of Aphrodite, Laurette Folk’s second novel. It maintains its focus on four females: Etta, Samantha, Mira, and Joan. Men, in this novel,…

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