Book Reviews

Book Reviews V12N4/July-August 2016

This Amazing Cage of Light by Martine Bellen ISBN-13: 978-1941550328 – Paper/$18.00 Spuyten Duyvil: 2015 www.spuytenduyvil.net   This Amazing Cage of Light Review by Tom DeBeauchamp   n "Cuccina," one of the...

Book Reviews

Allen Ginsberg is known as one of the United States’ most significant poets, in particular thanks to his 1956 epic, “Howl,” which was the subject of a subsequent obscenity trial. Later, Ginsberg was known throughout America and the rest of the world for his role as a countercultural leader…

Bookstores of New York

The prognosis for the future is mixed in Uptown Manhattan. Among the last of the independents on the Upper West Side is Book Culture, at 536 West 112th, around the corner from the gates of Columbia University and down the block from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The store has long leaned to the scholarly, but the academic book business is in a slump, given the dwindling number of students applying to and pursuing Ph.D.s in the humanities. In business since 1997, owner Chris Doeblin decided to diversify. In 2009 he opened a new store, Book Culture on Broadway, that also carries “non-book,” i.e. scarves, toys, and knickknacks, along with more popular titles. But sales in the main store are declining. Doeblin ascribes the sorry state of affairs at least in part to an industry at odds with itself…

86 Sonnets/Book Review

I was attracted to the title of this new poetry collection by Mary Barnet, the Founder/Editor of poetrymagazine.com because I know how difficult it is to write sonnets and admit giving up on them and concentrating on other forms — the triolet, villanelle, and pantoum…

After Birth/Book Review

Another day gone, okay and I get it, I got it: I’m over. I no longer exist,” says Ari, the sometimes blunt, always quirky narrator of After Birth, a first novel from Elisa Albert. Throughout the novel, Ari struggles with her identity, now that she is no longer single, and no longer pregnant, but a mother…

Festival Notebooks/Book Review

A certain place at the festival, and in the heart of poetry lovers, belongs to a group of poets and writers of Romanian origins who frequent the Residence. They found their own voice in Canadian and Romanian literature, some of them being consecrated and others less-known, still modelling their style.

Habeas Corpus/Book Review

  Habeas Corpus   by Cindy Hochman   (Glass Lyre Press, 2015)   ISBN-10: 1941783023   ISBN-13: 978-1941783023   Softbound, 27 pages, $12.00           Habeas Corpus   Reviewed by Jeff Santosuosso     hile...

Strange Theater/Book Review

  Strange Theater   by John Amen NYQ Books, 2015 http://books.nyq.org/author/johnamen Paperback ISBN:  978-1-63045-008-3               Reviewed by Paul Sohar   ohn Amen has a surprise for his readers every...

Diner Stories/Book Review

    Diner Stories: Off the Menu Edited by Daniel McTaggart         Mountain State Press Inc., Charleston, WV, 25304 www.mountainstatepress.org Order from Amazon.com ISBN: 978-0-941092-71-5 Published in 2015 234 pages, 6” x 9”, Paperback, Full Color, $16.99     Review...

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Book Review / True Love Scars

OK, so I’m reading this book, “True Love Scars”, which is taking me fuck forever so long to get through because I’m up to my ass in work and trying to just read it so I can write a review…

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