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Beyond the Scorpions’ Violins: John Amen’s “Strange Theater”
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Beyond the Scorpions’ Violins: John Amen’s “Strange Theater”

strange theater, by John Amen. New York, New York: NYQ Books, February 2015. 108 pages. $14.95, paper. In strange theater, John Amen has written a remarkable, if emotionally difficult book of poetry that plumbs the dark nature and forces of humanity, set against our intellectual striving for human dignity and meaning in a technological age. … Continue reading

Virtuosic Metaphors, Verbing Nouns, and Kaleidoscoping Adjectives: An Interview with Lee Ann Roripaugh
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Virtuosic Metaphors, Verbing Nouns, and Kaleidoscoping Adjectives: An Interview with Lee Ann Roripaugh

When you come across a poetry collection with a word you’re not familiar with as the title, and a picture of some sort of cocooned humanoid on the sun-yellow cover, you’re bound to be intrigued. Buy that book. That book is Lee Ann Roripaugh’s fourth collection, Dandarians (Milkweed Editions, 2014), and is as mysterious and … Continue reading

Almost Famous Women, by Megan Mayhew Bergman
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Almost Famous Women, by Megan Mayhew Bergman

Almost Famous Women, by Megan Mayhew Bergman. New York, New York: Scribner, January 2015. 256 pages. $25.00, hardcover. In her second story collection, Almost Famous Women, Megan Mayhew Bergman delves into the lives of real women who skirted the fringes of fame, feminism, femininity, and polite society, looking at the ripple effects of both the choices they made … Continue reading

The Blood of a Tourist, by William Taylor Jr.
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The Blood of a Tourist, by William Taylor Jr.

The Blood of a Tourist, by William Taylor Jr. Buffalo, New York: sunnyoutside, November 2014. $13.00, paper. The Blood of a Tourist, by William Taylor Jr., is a relentless collection of poetry. Set decisively in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, California, the work captures the free-floating, existential angst most of us feel, hopefully infrequently, and … Continue reading

ZZT, by Anna Anthropy
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ZZT, by Anna Anthropy

ZZT, by Anna Anthropy. Los Angeles, California: Boss Fight Books, June 2014. 142 pages. $14.95, paper. Growing up, I was obsessed with starting clubs. I was also terrible at getting people to actually join them. My Environment Club in fourth grade consists of a journal list of suggested members and possible activities, all neighborhood creek-related. … Continue reading