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Mandatory Evacuation Zone by Felice Aull

Review by Margie Shaheed While reading Mandatory Evacuation Zone I was drawn in by the lush journey that spans generations to familiar and unfamiliar places. I take liberty and use the word places here figuratively as well as literally…

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Arrows of Light by Andrea Potos

Review by Judy Swann Andrea Potos is obsessed with John Keats, as she says in “Verse Virtual.” So it feels natural to see her cite from his letters in “Morning of my 56th Birthday,” the opening poem of her…

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Waiting for an Answer by Heather Sullivan

Review by Jennifer Martelli In her poem “Number Four,” Heather Sullivan writes I would hang there, pinioning wildly, clawing for ledge or outstretched root, something to help gain purchase . . . . Coming home from work your shadow joins…

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Pestiferous Questions by Margaret Rozga

Review by Barbara Ellen Sorensen The final poem in Margaret Rozga’s book of poems Pestiferous Questions titled “Why Jessie?” warns, “History is a timeline / Those who do not know history / leave it lying underfoot / We trip on…

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Abloom and Awry by Tina Kelley

Review by Sarah W. Bartlett It becomes quickly apparent that Tina Kelley is quite at home as parent, journalist, and poet. Her themes are as familiar as family, thorny as politics, clever as language, and as varied as the…

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Astrobolism by Caroline Crumpacker

Review by Christine Salvatore Astrobolism: The result of being struck by a star. The blasting of plants by the sun in high summer. From the Greek astron, and bolis, or missile. So begins Caroline Crumpacker’s debut book of…

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Planet Grim by Alex Behr

Review by Issa M. Lewis   Any creative writing teacher will tell you that conflict is at the heart of fiction; stories require dissonance, tension, to capture our attention and help us connect with the characters. Alex Behr’s Planet Grim…

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Arrival by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

Review by Anton Nimblett What She Name? If your life were a poem, what form would it take? Which of us could claim the delicate and even couplet? Who the villanelle and who the quadrille? Would your life be…

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Tongue Shakers, Margie Shaheed Ed.

Review by Lisa C. Taylor TONGUE SHAKERS: Interviews and Narratives on Speaking Mother Tongue in a Multicultural Society, Margie Shaheed, Ed. This collection of interviews explores the obstacles and triumphs faced by immigrants as they learn English and begin to…

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