Posts in category "between covers"

Jim Goar's The Louisiana Purchase

Jim Goar's The Louisiana Purchase
The latest collection from Rose Metal Press and Jim Goar mixes geography, poetry, imagery, and an form of internal mapping that is intimate and puzzling. Through out our lives we make discoveries, most small and building, but some monumental. What Goar is exploring, in a way, in this collection is how those discoveries compare or... Read more »

Review: L-Vis Live! by Kevin Coval

Review: L-Vis Live! by Kevin Coval
“the whiteboy wants to be like wants not to thought of as weird. the whiteboy wants to be dug. felt, thought of as fresh. the whiteboy wants his name synonymous with dope.” I spent a good portion of my childhood living among the corn fields far west of Chicago. The music surrounding me was either... Read more »

Review of Betty Superman by Tiff Holland

Review of Betty Superman by Tiff Holland
  In the latest release from Rose Metal Press, Tiff Holland’s Betty Superman, we find a collection of stories that stand alone, but also congeal to tell a bigger tale. That tale focuses on the relationship between mother and daughter with the mom being Betty. What the collection does is focus one the simplest interaction to... Read more »
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Review: The Hogbutcher Poems by David Stone

Review: The Hogbutcher Poems by David Stone
It may not be the Chicago that I recognized today, but David Stone’s depiction of Chicago as the “the hogbutcher of the world” is of course familiar. Stone brings to light the dark and classic images, tastes, and aromas of the classic Chicago scene. Words that appear most often are possibly the words you might... Read more »

Review: Austerity Pleasures by James Payne

If we focus on the everyday, the commonplace, the boring, long enough will it become something more? Perhaps, but with the poetry of James Payne it is more the way he preceives his life than the actual content of it. The second poem in his new collection Austerity Pleasures, “Poem for Sitting in Panera” is... Read more »

Review: Jason Fisk "Decay"

Back in March Propaganda Press released a new collection of poetry from Jason Fisk called Decay. In this collection a we find a series of childhood memories that pay homage to the poet’s grandparents. Through these pieces we see how the decay of a neighborhood can impact a family and a memory. I feel when... Read more »
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Review: These Strangers She'd Invited In by Jac Jemc

The new collection, These Strangers She’d Invited In, from Greying Ghost Press and Jac Jemc has me not only transported to a tiny Russian town, but envisioning Jac’s process in creating this world. It is as if she was the fly on the wall of a local Russian bar collecting bits and pieces of the... Read more »

Blank by Davis Schneiderman

      Schneiderman’s Drain was the most challanging book that I read in 2010, and he is returning this year with his brilliant new project Blank.  The novel from Jaded Ibis Press is available at a 20% preorder this week only.     The novel contains only compelling chapter titles. The story is–as it always has... Read more »

99 Problems

  Is there a connection between running and writing? Ben Tanzer thinks so. Ben released his second digital collection through Chicago Center of Literature and Photography (CCLaP) last month. What is interesting is that this is Ben’s first collection of non-fiction essays. The collection is as much a document of running as it is a... Read more »
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Under The Small Lights

“Corinna leafed her fingers along the surface of the water like an actress playing languorous.” That is the first line from the debut novel, Under The Small Lights (May, 2010 Miami University Press), from Boston’s John Cotter. I’ve only had the book in my hands for the about 36 hours, but already I am riveted.... Read more »