NOTES ON THE OCCULT ELEMENTS IN ARIANA REINES’ A SANDBOOKPeter Valente
Peter Valente dives deep into the occult and mystical aspects of Ariana Reines’ A Sand Book.
Rat’s Nest Astrology SeptemberNever Angeline North
Never Angeline North’s Rat’s Nest Astrology checks in to open September with all you need to know about your present fate!
On Do Your Own Damn LaundryClara B. Jones
Clara B. Jones reviews Do Your Own Laundry, “an inspired hybrid project formulated by Suzanne Stein and Steve Benson” displaying “discursive tension of an interpersonal nature as each author exerts their identity and agency in a process moving from relative strangers to, more or less, intimate partners.”
Maybe The Book is Bewildered: An Interview with Hajara QuinnJeff Alessandrelli
Jeff Alessandrelli spoke with Hajara Quinn about community, awe, inspiration, and her award-winning debut poetry collection, Coolth.
From Grit to Pearl: An Interview with Sham-e-Ali NayeemGina Myers
“Named for Hyderabad, India, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem’s debut book of poetry, City of Pearls explores loss and grief through the experience of a Muslim Indian woman whose sense of home is further lost following the death of her father.” Gina Myers in conversation with Sham-e-Ali Nayeem.
“It’s not Lonesome George who does not know he is dead. It’s we who refuse to accept extinction.” Jennifer Calkins on her encounter with the taxidermied corpse of the last known Pinta Island tortoise.
Three StoriesJoanna Fuhrman
“In the bleachers, a preteen sat by herself reading a woman’s magazine while her mother dilly-dallied with the whales.” Three stories by Joanna Fuhrman.
Book Album Book: Return to Fantasy IslandJeff T. Johnson
The 13th installment of Jeff T. Johnson’s Book Album Book looks at the fantastic states of synesthesia found in albums like Shana Cleveland’s Night of the Worm Moon and Ex Hex’s It’s Real.
“A New Chamber of My Heart”: A Review of Sarah Rose Etter’s The Book of XNate Logan
Intertwining the visceral with the uncanny, Sarah Rose Etter’s gorgeous debut novel, The Book of X, turns an outsider’s coming-of-age narrative into a struggle for survival against the everyday.
IN SEARCH OF DUENDE: FALLING THROUGH THE TRAPDOORErica Goodkind
“The male dancer appears from the darkness, near her. They circle each other with birdlike lekking. The first cantaor unzips his skin, which falls to his feet. Out of his sinewy throat – or perhaps, from the earth – roars a bristly emotion, smelling of anguish and love and blood and tears.” From the heart of Andalucía, Erica Goodkind’s fierce appraisal of Flamenco.