REVIEWS

Review: IN PRAISE OF USEFULNESS by Angela Patten

In Praise of Usefulness Angela Patten 2014 Wind Ridge Books 73 pages Review by THEODORA ZIOLKOWSKI In Praise of Usefulness, Angela Patten’s third collection of poetry, meditates on the boundaries between childhood and adulthood and Ireland and America. The recurring...

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Review: DARKMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN by Jay Ponteri

Darkmouth Strikes Again Jay Ponteri 2014 Future Tense Books 32 pages Review by MATT POSKY On the page Jay Ponteri comes across as a deeply unhappy man with common but ferocious demons that he needs to have exorcised immediately. His debut work, Wedlocked: A Memoir,...

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Review: I DON’T KNOW DO YOU by Roberto Montes

I Don't Know Do You Roberto Montes 2014 Ampersand Books 102 pages Review by CHRIS EMSLIE What Montes achieves in his debut collection of poems is the reverse of objectification. Rather than reducing the body of the beloved to a thing, a mere object of desire, Montes...

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Review: JANUARY MACHINE by Rob Schlegel

January Machine Rob Schlegel 2014 Four Way Books 64 pages Review by LAURA KOCHMAN Rob Schlegel’s second book, January Machine, takes the form of a book-length poem, using the page as a unit of measure. Along with form, January Machine centers on its speaker, the...

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