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Pelted by Flowers by Kali Lightfoot

Review by Carla Panciera In her debut collection, Pelted by Flowers, Kali Lightfoot writes, “It took years to learn the language of myself.” She takes her readers along on her journey of discovery. Lightfoot is a master of juxtaposition. Even…

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Tanto Tanto by Marina Carreira

Review by Christine Salvatore What washed over me as I read Marina Carreira’s new book of poetry, Tanto Tanto, can only be described as raw emotion.  The title means “so much, so much” in Portuguese, and it is a…

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Sweetbitter by Stacey Balkun

Review by Ana C.H. Silva From the very title of her latest full-length poetry collection, Sweetbitter (Sundress 2021), we understand that Stacey Balkun will purposefully use the power of syntax to open up stories. Her subject matter is, in part,…

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The Predatory Animal Ball by Jennifer Fliss

Review by DeMisty D. Bellinger With whimsy, wit, and often uncomfortable situations, Jennifer Fliss shares an engrossing collection of domestic flash stories in The Predatory Animal Ball. With forty stories in only 176 pages, you’d assume you’ll get overwhelmed…

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To Set Right by Lynne Shapiro

Review by Mindy Kronenberg To Set Right is a collection of poems that hovers in time and place, summoning an almost mystical journey of resilience of the self, ancestry, history, and the fragility of the physical realm. Shapiro also…

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Confini: Poems of Refugees in Sicily by Michelle Reale

Review by Jennifer Martelli In the acrostic poem that introduces Michelle Reale’s latest collection, Confini: Poems of Refugees in Sicily, Professor Alex Otieno writes, “Liminal experiences of: working, loving, hoping, regaling, dancing and singing, summoning.” These poems, written in…

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