Issue 18 Reviews
Daniel Clowes, Wilson
Reviewed by Richard Robertson
on the front cover, Wilson is shown standing stiffly on a sidewalk, fists loosely clenched, looking out at us, his prospective readers. His head is disproportionately large compared to the rest of his body.
Tricia Bauer, Father Flashes
Reviewed by Brett Bisceglia
in father flashes, Tricia Bauer depicts an unnamed family coping with the gradual loss of a father and husband to Alzheimer's. The victim is a former newspaper photographer, and his narrating daughter at one point identifies herself as a poet.
Ben Doller, Dead Ahead
Reviewed by James Knippen
ben doller's third collection of poetry, Dead Ahead, is a look into a mind completely, and poetically, fascinated with language, especially its sonic capabilities and musical potential. The poems in this collection speak perhaps to the power of sound as a dictating force, which might be one reason that Doller is able to make the "leaps of thought" that Cole Swensen describes as "nothing short of Olympic."
Benjamin Percy, The Wilding
Reviewed by Will Jenson
benjamin percy has made a name for himself as a strong short story writer, and The Wilding is his first novel. Percy's fiction has always had a superb sense of place, the high desert of central Oregon where the characters are regular people ranging from blue collar workers, returning veterans, and the younger generation coming into its own.
Shya Scanlon, In This Alone Impulse
Reviewed by Karen Wood
shya scanlon's in This Alone Impulse challenges the conventions of line and form in poetry. The poems in this collection stick to a form of seven unbroken lines. The width of the page gives Scanlon all the space he needs to turn phrases and ideas.