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A Matter of Selection by Carol Smallwood

Review by Michelle Everett Wilbert Carol Smallwood’s latest volume of poetry, A Matter of Selection, brings into sharp focus her vivid interest in both the natural world and probing observations of the daily—the quotidian mysteries present in any given life…

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The Tornado is the World by Catherine Pierce

Mother Meets World in The Tornado is the World Review by Jennifer Key Catherine Pierce’s newest book The Tornado is the World (Saturnalia Books, 2016) follows her two previous collections The Girls of Peculiar (Saturnalia 2012) and Famous Last Words (Saturnalia 2008),…

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Girlish by Lara Lillibridge

Review by Lisa C. Taylor Lara Lillibridge is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College’s MFA program in creative nonfiction. In 2016, she won the Slippery Elm Literary Journals’ Prose Contest and the American Literary Review’s Creative Nonfiction Contest.…

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What Does Not Return by Tami Haaland

Review by Barbara Ellen Sorensen In her new book, What Does Not Return, Tami Haaland’s poetry informs the reader that we are all intimately and inextricably tied to the natural world. The recognition of this interdependence is tightly woven…

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Lovely by Lesléa Newman

Review by Grace Gardiner It might be expected to begin a review of Lesléa Newman’s newest poetry collection Lovely by saying that the poems that comprise this collection are themselves lovely, but this collection seems a poignant, playful, and…

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Conjoining by Heidi Czerwiec

Review by Christine Stewart-Nuñez During a recent public reading, Heidi Czerwiec described the inspiration for her new poetry collection as the theory of maternal imagination—that a mother’s thoughts during pregnancy transmit to the developing fetus and result in congenital…

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