The unreal melds with the real in Bud Smith’s new collection of short fiction, Double Bird. Josh Denslow reviews.
Emily Sieu Liebowitz reviews Tongo Eisen-Martin’s latest collection of poems, Heaven is All Goodbyes.
Introducing: Book Album Book, a new column by Jeff T. Johnson that looks to read albums as cohesive works of literature. This week, Johnson kicks us off with an introduction to the series, followed by a study of Courtney Barnett’s Tell Me How You Really Feel.
“To One Who Governs the Pauses”: LM Rivera’s The Drunkards, or The Book of Years and the Radiant VoidJulia Madsen
“LM Rivera’s captivating debut collection, The Drunkards, or The Book of Years, presents ecstatic lyrical-philosophical excursions that simultaneously think, play, drink, and feel, inhabiting a fluid and open space where anything can happen and possibility is just within reach.” Julia Madsen reviews.
Christy Crutchfield explores the monsters, fiction hybrids, and the heart of strange creatures via Monster Portraits by Del Samatar and Sofia Samatar.
Shawn Wen’s biography in blank verse of Marcel Marceau the famed French mime establishes her as an irresistible force, much like her debut’s subject. Joseph Houlihan reviews.
This edition of Three Jawns explores the complicated pulse of Jan Wolkers’ Turkish Delight, the stirring cult hit documentary Wild, Wild Country, and Ann Hamilton’s at hand, a paper-based installation that resonates through emptiness.
Gina Myers takes a look at Ryan Eckes’ latest, General Motors, which examines Philadelphia, capitalism, and pigeons shitting on bosses.