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Lyric Reviews G by Emmalea Russo

Emmalea Russo’s G is doing several things at once.

By employing a hemispheric division, creating borders reminiscent of a hem, the poems’ form resembles, on one side, a raised garden bed. On the facing side, the prose-poem rests on the bottom of the page, creating a ground. As in a painting, the ground creates, not a negative space of whiteness, but a full sky. The poem becomes a landscape.

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ISBN: 9780996002592
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Published: Futurepoem - December 15th, 2018

Laura M Reviews Maria Popova's FIGURING

Maria Popova is the author, curator, and brain child behind the blog Brain Pickings: a cultural treasure trove of the thoughts, letters, and life’s work of some of history’s greatest thinkers. Most Brain Pickings articles have titles like “How to Grow Old: Bertrand Russel on What Makes a Fulfilling Life” and “Zadie Smith on Optimism and Despair.” Spanning centuries, her articles delve into a person’s writing to find the fundamental truths that make them who they are.

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ISBN: 9781524748135
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Published: Pantheon - February 5th, 2019

Laura Reviews THE DREAMERS by Karen Thompson Walker

Everything is heightened in a crisis. The way we interact with people changes. We become fiercely protective of those we love. We act selfishly or selflessly. Fear, grief, and loneliness become sharper, but so do those brief moments of joy, wonder, and connection.

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ISBN: 9780812994162
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Published: Random House - January 15th, 2019

Dust, Light, and Air: Alexis Reviews Jeffrey Yang's HEY, MARFA

Jeffrey Yang’s Hey, Marfa presents a multifaceted look at the tiny, West Texas town of Marfa, a self-referential art town that thrives on aesthetic and feeds philosophical thought. The poet uses dense nouns and verbs juxtaposed create a surplus of image-based poems, alongside the more historical, narrative-based pieces. Yang references the town’s focus on art in poems like “Thirteen Stations” when he describes the landscape as expressing “titanium white wisps / brushed raw sienna earth”, calling to mind the names for tubes of paint. Poems like “Circle” are wistful in tone.

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ISBN: 9781555978198
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 2nd, 2018

Bend What's Expected: Bao Phi's THOUSAND STAR HOTEL

Thousand Star Hotel, Bao Phi’s powerful second collection of poetry, wrestles with inheritance and lineage – the devastation of war, poverty, racism and the costs of masculinity. In the book’s opening poem, “Say What?,” Phi uses a repetition of the word “Ma” and the six different meanings in Vietnamese to conclude that “Vietnamese people have always been spoken word poets.

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By Bao Phi
ISBN: 9781566894708
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Published: Coffee House Press - July 4th, 2017

Mapping Home: Fatimah Asghar's IF THEY COME FOR US

Poet Fatimah Asghar has written a substantial amount of striking and intimate work in her debut collection If They Come for Us. In this collection, Asghar digs into themes of national and personal identity, chronicling her development as a young immigrant into her teens and young adulthood in America. She relates a dissonance in her identity, the struggle to “Map Home” as she balances her people's history with her developing identity in America.

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ISBN: 9780525509783
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Published: One World - August 7th, 2018

Mark Reviews Bernardo Esquinca’s THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM

Although he’s had more than seven books (novels and story collections) published in Spanish, THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM is Bernardo Esquinca’s first collection in English. In a gorgeous bilingual edition, these stories introduce the English language reader to the strange, eerie world of Esquinca.

Yoko Tawada and the Strange Hopefulness of Disaster

Yoko Tawada is a spectacular writer of both Japanese and German, and has received iconic literary prizes in both places (Akutagawa Prize, Goethe Medal, and more). She writes across genres and geographies in a way that manages to pick playfully from each; for example, in THE NAKED EYE, her protagonist is a young Vietnamese woman who ends up, kidnapped, in cold war-era Europe, obsessed with a film star.

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By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811227629
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 24th, 2018

Mark Reviews Jon Fosse's BOATHOUSE

Welcome to our first #BrazosBest of 2018: Jon Fosse's BOATHOUSE.

There’s nothing quite like the discovery of a new voice.

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By Jon Fosse, May-Brit Akerholt (Translator)
ISBN: 9781628971828
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - November 17th, 2017

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By Jon Fosse, Damion Searls (Translator)
ISBN: 9781628971088
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 25th, 2015

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By Jon Fosse, Damion Searls (Translator)
ISBN: 9781564785732
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 16th, 2010

Our October Brazos Best: RETURN TO THE DARK VALLEY

Colombian author Santiago Gamboa is that rarest of writers; a literary author who also writes riveting, globe-spanning thrillers. I first discovered him through his novel NECROPOLIS, a novel bursting with plots and subplots. Taking place over the span of a weekend in Jerusalem, NECROPOLIS is replete with stories packed like Russian eggs; paramilitaries, writers, even pimps, fill the pages of this masterful book. Upon reading it I was struck by the voice of the author, an important new voice from Latin America long overdue in English.

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By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781609454258
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Published: Europa Editions - September 19th, 2017