Reviews

Review: “Cooking with the Muse”

By on Sep 11, 2016 in Reviews | Comments Off

Title: Cooking with the Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare Authors: Myra Kornfeld and Stephen Massimilla Publisher: Tupelo Press, April 1, 2016 Hardcover, 494 pages ISBN, 1936797682 / ISBN, 9781936797684 Link to purchase:...

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Review: Trophy Wife, “Sing What Scares You”

By on Feb 11, 2013 in Reviews | Comments Off

Countless albums sit on history’s shelf, but exceedingly few create their own place in time. A place where we can revisit, enriched each time. While I will doubtless miss out on many albums that will carve their places after I am gone, I am fortunate to be alive today to visit the timeless place created by Trophy Wife‘s sophomore effort, Sing What Scares You. Have you ever felt as if language lacked the power and nuance to express...

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Review: “In Vitro” by Leland Jamieson

By on Sep 13, 2011 in Reviews | Comments Off

As in his earlier book, Twentieth Century Bread, in In Vitro: New Short Rhyming Poems Post-9/11, poet Leland Jamieson paints a vivid landscape using rhyme and diction. A formal poet by nature, his best efforts are tightly-crafted examples of form meeting function. With his verse, he explores childhood memories, extols the beauty of nature, and contemplates the history of human life on earth. Jamieson’s poems about his youth are...

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Review: A Whale’s Tale

By on Apr 13, 2010 in Reviews | Comments Off

Combining fiction with zoological information, in A Whale’s Tale, Daniel S. Janik explores the undersea world of the Pacific Humpback whale. The book is described on the back as a “Read-Aloud, Color-Me-Please Book.”  It follows a particular whale from his birth until he begins his own family. The idea for this book is a noble one: to interest children in the natural world through a character with whom they can...

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Review: Chansons of a Chinaman

By on Apr 13, 2010 in Reviews | Comments Off

As he writes in the poem “The Calm Clam,” poet Changming Yuan yearns “to be a voice empowered / For all around me.” In his collection, Chansons of a Chinaman, he strives “To translate my loud pain / Into a muted pearl,” to reconcile his Chinese ancestry and his American life. To do so, Yuan, whose work has appeared in Wild Violet, draws from history, mythology and natural imagery. In natural images...

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Review: A Tiara for the Twentieth Century

By on Apr 13, 2010 in Reviews | Comments Off

Write what is hardest to say, my poetry instructor in grad school used to urge us, and Suzanne Richardson Harvey does precisely that. In A Tiara for the Twentieth Century: The Collected Poems of Suzanne Richardson Harvey, the poet tackles subjects ranging  from motherhood, family relationships and aging to bulimia, AIDS and homelessness. Whether approaching a big issue (such as the aftermath of Chernobyl in “The Wheat...

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