Summer 2023 Online Edition

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The Return of Cyrus

Three recent books offer a wealth of information about the Persian empire and its founder, Cyrus the Great.

By Rasoul Sorkhabi

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Poetry Reviews

Valley of the Many-Colored Grasses

Newly restored to print, Ronald Johnson’s third book of poetry shows the poet consolidating the strengths of his earlier work while foreshadowing his epic poem ARK.
Reviewed by Ross Hair

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Quarantine Highway

Millicent Borges Accardi’s new book, written in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, shows how poetry matters during a time of crisis.

Reviewed by Hilary Sideris

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Old Love Skin

Old Love Skin, an anthology edited by the Zimbabwean poet Nyashadzashe Chikumbu, sets up a discussion between modern problems and the puzzles of old Africa.

Reviewed by Mbizo Chirasha

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Two Poets of the American Now

Franny Choi (The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On) and Courtney Faye Taylor (Concentrate) are two compelling poets who succeed in capturing the pulse of our fraught political moment.

Reviewed by Walter Holland

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Nonfiction Reviews

American Midnight

Adam Hochschild’s account of America’s long-ago “midnight” has much to tell us about the politics we have inherited in our own day.

Reviewed by Robert Zaller

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Fiction Reviews

The Illuminated Burrow

The Illuminated Burrow: A Sanatorium Journal, written by Romanian poet and novelist Max Blecher and translated by Gabi Reigh, is a meditation on the nature of significant moments, written as the author approached his death in 1938 at the age of twenty-eight.

Reviewed by Rick Henry

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Young Adult Literature Reviews

Abuela, Don't Forget Me

Rex Ogle’s new memoir in verse, which explores how he persevered through abuse and poverty, is fast-paced, compelling, and appropriate for young readers.

Reviewed by George Longenecker

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