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Loitering: new and collected essays by Charles D’Ambrosio

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Loitering: new and collected essays by Charles D’Ambrosio Tin House Books, Nov. 2014 360 pages

Review by Nathan Knapp

One gets the feeling that the essays contained in Loitering, Charles D’Ambrosio’s new book of essays, were conceived and composed in the dark. It’s certainly not a notion D’Ambrosio himself does much to dispel. In the book’s preface he writes: “I thank God for certain kinds of failure. New silences layer over the old. I hope this brief superficial essay hasn’t simply circled around a peculiar woundedness.” The essay may be brief, but it’s nowhere near superficial, and it’s that peculiar

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Fortress by Kristina Marie Darling

Fortress by Kristina Marie Darling Sundress Publications 78 pages/$12.00

Review by Anne Champion

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of twenty poetry collections, and to know Kristina’s poetry is to know delight in experimentation and how genre tropes are trumped and intersected to push the boundaries of narrative and imagination. She commonly works in hybrid styles that include footnotes, definitions, and erasure poetry. However, in recent years, she’s flexed her creative muscles through collaborative work with several other poets in which she wrote prose poetry, traditional lineated free verse, and paired her poems alongside photography. Fortress, her newest collection from

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Hyperbole by Ryan Parmenter

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Review by Lori Schafer

Author Ryan C. Parmenter has dubbed his novel Hyperbole “the most violent comedy since The Bible.” While this description does not do it justice, it does paint a very accurate picture of the author’s satirical and incredibly witty sense of humor, which prevails throughout the book. There are countless passages that are so well-written, so brutally clever, that there were times in which I was jealous, actually envious that he wrote them and I didn’t. And that is perhaps the greatest compliment one author can pay to another.        Don’t get me wrong. Although there are

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Butchers’ Crossing by John Williams

Christopher Brownsword is the author of two collections of poetry ‘Icarus was Right!’ (Shearsman Books 2010) and ‘Rise Like Leviathan and Rejoice!’ (Oneiros Books 2014), a novella ‘Blind-Worm Cycle’ (Oneiros Books 2013), and a novel ‘The Scorched Highway’ (Oneiros Books 2013). His latest work ‘Throw Away the Lights’ comprises a novel and a novella, and is available now from Oneiros Books.

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Earth and Below by Susana H. Case

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Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of more than a dozen books and chapbooks and the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Her recent books are American Galactic (Martian Lit Books, 2014), Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience (Lavender Ink, 2014), Queen of the Platform (Anaphora Literary Press, 2013), Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012), and the collaborative book Intimates and Fools (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2014) with artist Sally Deskins. She holds a doctorate from the University of Nebraska and has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award, and the Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, Mid-American Review, and Feminist Studies. www.lauramadelinewiseman.com

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The Suicide by Mark SaFranko

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Christopher Brownsword is the author of two collections of poetry, ‘Icarus was Right!’ (Shearsman Books 2010) & ‘Rise Like Leviathan and Rejoice!’ (Oneiros Books 2014), a novella, ‘Blind-Worm Cycle’ (Oneiros Books 2013), and a novel, ‘The Scorched Highway’ (Oneiros Books 2013). His latest novel ‘Liberty’s Old Story’ is forthcoming in an omnibus edition along with a recent novella titled ‘A Transition to Nothingness’ from Oneiros Books.

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How to Catch a Coyote by Christy Crutchfield

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Review by Melissa Reddish

When I was in elementary school, I adopted a wolf. Unfortunately, this is not a children’s novel where together we race through woods and streams, our teeth bared and our heads thrown back to howl at the sky. I sent some money to a wolf sanctuary in California, and in return, they sent me a photograph of “my” wolf along with an information sheet. I had just graduated from an infatuation with rabbits to the peculiar draw of the predator: beauty and fear; compulsion and revulsion. I placed the photograph on my corkboard, a gray wolf

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Dystopia Boy: The Unauthorized Files by Trevor D. Richardson

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Dystopia Boy: The Unauthorized Files by Trevor D. Richardson Montag Press Collective, c2014. 558 pages. $19.95.

Review by David Renton

I first read Dystopia Boy as a serialized story at The Subtopian Magazine, founded by the author, Trevor D. Richardson. I was a fan. It was presented as a grungy looking PDF that had the look of a transcript printed off of one of those old IBM computers with the lines and the perforated holes on the side. I’m sure you remember those, unless I’m way older than I think. It caught my attention, made me smile, and, more importantly,

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An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

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Louise Krug is the author of Louise: Amended (2012), a memoir about the brain surgeries she had when she was 22. She teaches creative writing and composition at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Some of her recent work has appeared in Parcel and Huffington Post. She has a collection of essays forthcoming from 99:The Press in 2015.

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Theories of Forgetting by Lance Olsen

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Natanya Ann Pulley has a PhD in Fiction Writing from the University of Utah and is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota. A writer of primarily fiction and non-fiction with outbreaks in poetry, Natanya’s publications include Western Humanities Review, The Florida Review Native Issue, Drunken Boat, As/Us, and McSweeney’s Open Letters (among others). Links to Natanya’s publications can be found at her website: www.gappsbasement.com

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