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Me First by Ann Curran

Review by Nancy Gerber – When I opened Me First, a collection of poems by Ann Curran, I found two pages of “testimonials” from historically important artists, writers, industrialists, and even Jesus Christ, who has this to say: “Don’t blame…

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Gold Passage by Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Review by Lisa Cheby – Good poetry, like a good sermon, finds a balance between wisdom and humility, between insight and struggle, to bring the painful into the light so we can see its beauty. Iris Jamahl Dunkle is not…

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Rescuing Julia Twice by Tina Traster

Review by Cathy Warner – As an infant my oldest daughter loved being cuddled and entertained by aunts and grandparents, but she cried for days after their visits. She threw her first tantrum at 18 months and continued, almost daily,…

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Tending by Laura Grace Weldon

Review by Ivy Rutledge Laura Grace Weldon’s poetry collection, Tending, tells the story of a life deeply felt. Read from beginning to end, the poems collectively form a larger poem detailing images of farm life, domesticity, family life, and beyond.…

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Sound Travels on Water by Kyle Potvin

Review by Nancy Vona  – The best books can be enjoyed over and over again.  Kyle Potvin’s chapbook Sound Travels on Water is one such book:  a satisfying collection of poems with nuances of meaning that emerge on subsequent readings.  Potvin…

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Orphan by Jan Heller Levi

Review by Zara Raab – Levi’s earlier books, Once I Gazed at You in Wonder, winner of the 1998 Walt Whitman Award, and Skyspeak (2005), give a large place to relationships: to a mother whose death she grieves and a…

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door of thin skins by Shira Dentz

Review by Carol Dorf Broken Narrative in Shira Dentz’ door of thin skins – At seventeen, my daughter and her friends call older men, by which they mean those past college age, who are interested in them, pedophiles. The middle-aged…

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Mom Egg Review publishes reviews of recent books (including chapbooks) of poetry, fiction and creative prose, by mother writers, and of books focused on motherhood or women’s experiences and issues.  If you are interested in having your book reviewed, please visit Book Review Request for more info. 

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