Issue 16 Reviews
Richard Burgin, Rivers Last Longer
Reviewed by Marc Watkins
barry auer, the anti-protagonist of Richard Burgin’s Rivers Last Longer, is charming and intelligent, yet his alternate personality, Gordon, is a sexually violent psychopath who...
Michael Earl Craig, Thin Kimono
Reviewed by Karen Wood
michael earl craig’s collection of poems, Thin Kimono, has a simple, unassuming off-white cover. Picking up the book, you wouldn’t expect to find poems that demand to be...
Don DeLillo, Point Omega
Reviewed by Will Jensen
don delillo is one of the few authors with a distinctive tone. Many writers have a style, and all writers have some sort of voice, but DeLillo, author of such novels as White...
Deborah Eisenberg, The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg
Reviewed by David Norman
few writers today offer such a complete map of human consciousness as short story writer Deborah Eisenberg. Master of the transitory, liminal stages for which the short story...
Francis Levy, Erotomania: A Romance
Reviewed by Juancarlos Feliciano
francis levy’s novel, Erotomania: A Romance, is initially as shocking as a giant penis materializing before one’s face and suddenly ejaculating a tangled barrage of ropey...
Aaron Kunin, The Sore Throat & Other Poems
Reviewed by James Knippen
aaron kunin’s new collection, The Sore Throat & Other Poems, translates Ezra Pound’s “Hugh Selwyn Mauberley” and Maurice Maeterlinck’s play, Pelléas et Mélisande, into two...
Zachary Mason, The Lost Books of the Odyssey
Reviewed by Evan McMurry
zachary mason’s the Lost Books of the Odyssey—forty-four short stories set in the interstices of the poem—is hardly the first attempt to rework Homer’s epic. The Odyssey...
Aaron Michael Morales, Drowning Tucson
Reviewed by Robert J. Zertuche
in drowning tucson, emerging author Aaron Michael Morales depicts the desperation, loneliness, and ugly side of South Tucson. These illustrations are difficult to take in.
Scot Siegel, Skeleton Says
Reviewed by Jared Walls
the difficulty one may come to when reading a chapbook is that, since concision is king, there often are two camps of complaint one can find in reading such a short work.
Mathias Svalina, Destruction Myth
Reviewed by Katie Ellison
in the beginning God created Facebook because over time he lost touch with all his high school friends. He wanted to upload a killer recent snapshot that would impress them...
Christian TeBordo, The Awful Possibilities
Reviewed by Sarah Morrison
peppered throughout christian TeBordo’s The Awful Possibilities are mock postcards, the images of which drip with cartoonish black slime; the handwritten text...
Kathleen Wakefield, Snaketown
Reviewed by Chris Margrave
the past is never past, and the present is rife with evil in Kathleen Wakefield’s award-winning novella, Snaketown. Striving for Faulkner by way of Morrison and...