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Romance For Delinquents by Michael Hampton


Review by Vickie Weaver

Published by: Foxhead Books 2013

Hampton’s characters are the people we choose to not see. We don’t know them, but we want to read about them. Their depravities, their failures, their scrambled brains, their overdone body odor steeped in over-worn tank tops, their disregard for social boundaries, their ignorance of consequences. Romance for Delinquents, a short story collection, satisfies our curiosity about the down-and-out and does so, ironically, with tangibly poetic language that bares the hearts of everyone between its covers, including the reader’s.      The Hampton’s pen is the sparkler from a white trash 4th

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Vow by Kristina Marie Darling

Review by James Eidson

Kristina Marie Darling’s newest, Vow, feels like a close revision of her previous, Petrarchan. Whereas the latter framed psyche as domestic space, Vow’s conceit is similar but more socially exigent. The manor of Petrarchan is now a solipsism shared by two egos – the home of newly-weds. Here, the vow of marriage becomes an ironic tension between how we connect to the world outside of our subjectivity, and how, in our loneliness, we, through marriage, inherently idealize human-connection.      Formally, Darling casts impressionistic anxieties as footnotes in tension with empty pages. The whitespaces seem to render

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Einstein On The Beach Again by Fred Skolnik

It was only in the early 1990s that I came to know the music of Philip Glass. I had heard his Violin Concerto on the radio and was immediately attracted to it, so at the first opportunity I went out and bought Music in 12 Parts after finding it noted with high praise in a CD guide that I had in the house. After a few minutes, however, I realized that what I was hearing, which had the effect on me of a broken record, was what I would be hearing for the next three hours and found myself thinking,

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What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned by Sherman Alexie

Hanging Loose Press 2013 156 pages ISBN: 978-1934909-32-4

Review by John Yohe

As a break-out short story writer, then a break-out screenplay writer, then a novelist, and most recently a National Book Award-winning author of the YA novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, it’s easy to forget that Sherman Alexie started out as, and remains, a poet, and a good one. Some of his poems have been chosen for the yearly anthology Best American Poetry, and I would argue that his success in other genres is because he is a poet, and brings to them his unique

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Reflections on a Friend’s Suicide by Susan Lerner

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A Review of “Falling Into the Fire,” by Christine Montross

Fifteen years ago, as a newcomer to Indianapolis, I packed my tots into the minivan and drove to a playgroup, desperate to meet other moms. Among the mothers was a stay-at-home dad. Toddlers wobbled across the floor, babies gummed Cheerios, and the dad and I chatted. We lived in the same neighborhood. Over the course of the next few months we began to bump into each other outside the confines of the playgroup—at the neighborhood playground, at Little Gym birthday parties. The dad, his wife, and son, came to kiddie

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Partial List of People to Bleach by Gary Lutz

Review by Art Edwards

I stumbled across the collection Partial List of People to Bleach at Powell’s Books and was drawn to two elements. First, I loved the title, and second, its author Gary Lutz was a writer whose work had intrigued me in the past. I’d bought a copy of his I Looked Alive a year earlier and—despite being blown away by a sentence or two—had put it aside. The book eventually found its way into my sell-back pile, and I’d regretted ever since not giving Lutz a better shot. A flip to the book’s back cover revealed this

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The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati

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A Conversational Review by Angela Woodward and Cooper Renner

COOPER: Hello, Angela. I hope you’ve been having a good semester and are looking forward to a winter break soon. You and I have both been reading Dino Buzzati’s The Tartar Steppe, a “modern classic” that isn’t nearly as well known in the US as it ought to be, even though it’s been available in English translation for sixty years now. Buzzati was Italian and lived through the Mussolini years. I wonder what you think about the manner of life he depicts in The Tartar Steppe–if it directly reflects his experience

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The Number of Missing by Adam Berlin

Review by Alison Ruth

Balancing on the water-tension stillness between guilt and grief is a man who punches walls just to watch his blood as it falls, and the light-eyed widow with whom he drinks until time skips. Adam Berlin’s The Number of Missing is a testament to how words sharpen memory even when a soul has been vaporized. The World Trade Center terror has tolled for David’s best friend and Mel’s husband. His death was on the 103rd floor.      “There comes a point when you can’t get out of the way, when mathematical equations that calculate speed and

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A Studied Innocence: Review of Amina Cain’s CREATURE and Eva Heisler’s DRAWING WATER

Amina Cain, Creature. Dorothy, A Publishing Project, 2013.

Eva Heisler, Drawing Water. Noctuary Press, 2013.

Review by Angela Woodward

A few weeks ago, a month ago, or at some time in the more or less recent past, I clicked on a link presented to me by a message in my in-box, or on the sidebar of another piece I was reading on line, or that a friend of a friend had posted on a blog someone else recommended to me. I consumed this glimmer of a piece of writing in a few idle moments, ephemera attached to ephemera. A writer

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The Day of the Triffids by David Wyndham

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Review by John Yohe

I would be surprised if anyone reading this remembers The Day of the Triffids, or has even read it—it was out of print in American for many years. The copy I found in the late 70s was an old paperback already, in my parents’ eclectic collection—probably my mother’s, though maybe actually my father’s, from back when he still read books and hadn’t yet succumbed to the great god Television. The Day of the Triffids was the first ‘adult’ novel I ever read, which, I think, was what attracted me to it—certainly wasn’t the Hardy Boys or

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