“kale, grapes, internet wars, water of the Yuba, medical cheeba, Gregg Araki movies, the smell of Alli’s neck and clavicles, a disintegrating leather couch on which I chill, Carly Rae Jepsen…” Michael Gottlieb reviews the latest from Brandon Brown.
Berry Grass explores the rootgrowth, pareidolia, and post-storm green nightmare of Katie Jean Shinkle’s latest novella.
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.