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Recovering the Body
Don't let the cover and title scare you unless you want it to. But Denison fills this chap with truths and worthy writing. The first few poems take a ...more
Feb 08, 2008
Jan 30, 2008
Deepstep Come Shining
When I started reading this I was immediately going to give it 4 stars because I knew it was great, but I (not the book) was obviously lacking somethi ...more
Jan 06, 2009
Nov 30, 2008
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
I'm really upset that this book isn't appropriate for me to read with my 8th graders. I was really looking forward to giving them something full of fe ...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 03, 2009
In the Kingdom of My Familiar
I was quite surprised at how great this chap was! The majority of these poems are tight, flowing, and word after wonderful word of beautiful and inter ...more
Apr 20, 2009
Nov 22, 2008
American Flamingo
It is a short chapbook, but very much a chapbook. Frischkorn did a great job of putting it together, she takes the reader on a journey with her. "Jour ...more
Jun 29, 2008
May 19, 2008
My Soviet Union: Poems
This book was great; with 81 pages there's nearly something for everyone. A few poems were a bit too "out there" for me, sort of lide writing exercise ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 24, 2007
Mipoesias: July 2008
My favorite poems were those of Kim Young and Nicole Mauro. No reviews, or columns in this issue.
Jul 02, 2008
Jul 02, 2008
The Fever Almanac: Poems
I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I came into contact with Bowen’s blog and discovered how very crazy she is. By that I mean genius. As well as ...more
not set
Aug 01, 2007
Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood
Society has its ideas of what motherhood looks like; we get them from television commercials, magazine covers, and our own naïve misconceptions. And t ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 10, 2007
Trout Fishing in America / The Pill vs. the Springhill Mine Disaster / In Watermelon Sugar
I had to lower my rating. I had read this book several years ago, as a teenager in love with the idea of being a rebel and to me, Brautigan was. So, p ...more
Aug 11, 2008
Aug 06, 2007
The Star-Spangled Banner
It was way too much prose and even as prose it seemed unrevised. A lot of it seemed like it was brainstorming exercises that maybe could've become poe ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 03, 2007
Loose Sugar
"they left the voices in your flesh"

"...we should
read the names carefully through fumes
rising from rainbows of spilled gas on the station floor
still p
Aug 2007
Aug 01, 2007
The Secret Meaning of Things
This one is no Coney Island, but still the Ferlinghetti that I love. I love how Ferlinghetti writes as though he invented writng, adding little notes ...more
Aug 11, 2008
Jul 31, 2008
The Milk for Free
Good stuff...and for free. Each poem is tight, well-crafted, lyrical, courageous. Copeland's voice is heard loud and clear on the first poem and conti ...more
May 23, 2008
May 20, 2008
Hole in the Ground
An excellent writer, lyricist, but I have a hard time getting through all the F-bombs that seem to land constantly without provocation--and then the m ...more
Sep 29, 2008
Aug 27, 2008
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
I know it's a classic, and who am I to say I didn't like it, but...I didn't like it. But I also didn't like anything I had to read in the English Lite ...more
not set
Aug 24, 2008
God's Silence
Each time I read one of his books I end up liking--loving--it more than I thought I would on the first page. Wright doesn't use any tricks--he just sa ...more
Jun 17, 2008
Jun 13, 2008
A Tale of Two Cities
What's wrong with me? I just don't get this book. I can't follow it.
not set
Apr 06, 2009
Oranges & Sardines Issue 3, Winter 2008
Incredible! The cover makes me think of Jim Morrison.
Oct 15, 2008
Oct 15, 2008
Fragment of the Head of a Queen: Poems
Witty, no pretensions, and incredibly well-written.
Jun 27, 2008
Jan 22, 2008
2 poems from the bottom of the barrel
Not for me.
Jul 02, 2008
Jul 01, 2008
Figured Dark: Poems
In Greg Rappleye’s third book of poetry, Figured Dark (University of Arkansas Press, 2007) he takes his reader into quaint moments of epiphany and obs ...more
Feb 14, 2008
Aug 01, 2007
Running with Scissors

Running With Scissors by August Burroughs is one of the books that are so worthy of being made into a movie, not just because of its success as a book
Oct 2007
Sep 28, 2007
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric
Claudia Rankine is certainly a poet. A true poet. A very talented poet:

a momentary lapse of happily
even is she could hear the ambulance why would she
Aug 2007
Aug 22, 2007
The Gravedigger's Daughter
Joyce Carol Oates’ newest novel The Gravedigger’s Daughter comprises the sobering and vivid truths so distinct and so typical of the worlds she create ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 05, 2008
With a forward by Louise Gluck, it has to be good, and the forward is good. The very first sentence had me with This is a book about panic. And like ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 20, 2007
Mastodon, 80% Complete
At times some of these poems felt longish, prosey, and I'm not qualified to comment on prosey, since I don't care much for it, but Johnson definitly i ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 15, 2007
Here, Bullet
4 and 1/2 stars.

This not a book fo shocking inside scoops. It is beautiful in its complete depcition, unraveling, descriptive, narrations of what we a
Aug 11, 2008
Jul 31, 2008
Ariadne's Island
I finished Molly Bendall's Ariadne's Island last night. I enjoyed reading it. It was somewhat of an "easy read," not that the images weren't powerful ...more
Sep 2007
Aug 01, 2007
How to Win Friends and Influence People
For a book that's been around for so long, with so many editions, you have to admit that the advice is pretty timeless. However, there's always that g ...more
Aug 16, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
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