Category: Book Reviews

Mothers Ask ‘May I’ Too

Mothers Ask ‘May I’ Too

There was a time in my life when I wanted to climb the corporate latter, at least, the organizational one. I was willing to do this because it meant more money.  Meanwhile my wife...

Wake Brings the Big Sleep to Life

Wake Brings the Big Sleep to Life

Wake by Laura Madeline Wiseman transforms the grim reaper into a female, a cart driver with a passenger, and a character of intrigue. She is both a gentle friend and an aggressive enemy; she...

Art History Meets Satire

Art History Meets Satire

Artist Statements of the Old Masters by John Seed combines art history with wit and satire to create a work of art that is a funny yet sober statement on today’s art world. If...

Hourglass Museum and the timeless art of life

Hourglass Museum and the timeless art of life

Hourglass Museum by Kelli Russell Agodon appears to be a book of poetry based on art — and it is, but it is also so much more. It is a book about life and...

American Galactic lands close to home

American Galactic lands close to home

American Galactic by Laura Madeline Wiseman is a fun, well-written book that takes issues and events of everyday life and gives them a sci-fi twist. The cover of the book, an image of martians...

The Sounds of Dust

The Sounds of Dust

Dust by Dave Buracker is a chapbook of poems that are simple, accessible, and informal, yet written with such a punch in the music of language, they are wonderful to hear as each poem...

The Bluebeard Myth Gets a Red-Hot Makeover

The Bluebeard Myth Gets a Red-Hot Makeover

  Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience by Laura Madeline Wiseman is a wonderful take on the Bluebeard fable. For those of you who don’t know the story, it is essentially a Jack...

Fighting Malaria With Poetry Gets The Win

Fighting Malaria With Poetry Gets The Win

Malaria: Poems by Cameron Conaway may be the most important book published in 2014. Conaway, an ex-MMA fighter, tackles Malaria through poetry. Conaway educates his readers on a plethora of issues by beginning or...

Backwoods and Back Words is Forward Progress

Backwoods and Back Words is Forward Progress

Backwoods and Back Words by Nicole Yurcaba is a unique collection of words that is fresh, inspiring and heartwarming. Yurcaba intertwines poetry, photography, and slices of memoir into  a vision that is fun to read...

The Reverse Tree

The Reverse Tree

The Reverse Tree is a thin volume of six personal essays by Bengali poet and translator Kiriti Sengupta.  There are poems scattered throughout the book, maybe ten or fifteen of them, which serve to...