Tag Archives: Fall 2019

Night School:
A Reader for Grownups

Zsόfia Bán translated by Jim Tucker Open Letter Books ($15.95) by John Toren In the age of smartphones and Wikipedia, where a smidgen of semi-reliable information about any and every subject lies at our fingertips, the time has come to entertain a different kind of reference book. That seems to be the reasoning behind the […]

Motion Studies

Jena Osman Ugly Duckling Presse ($20) by Joseph Houlihan Motion Studies is the most recent installment in Jena Osman’s ongoing interrogation of the intersections between human bodies and our technology-obsessed culture. Osman has engaged themes exploring the edges of individual and social organisms for years, both in the experimental poetry magazine Chain she co-edited between […]


Eve L. Ewing Haymarket Books ($16) by Deborah Bacharach The 1919 Chicago race riots have marked the city for a century, but few know about them. Eve L. Ewing, a poet and sociologist at the University of Chicago, sets out to change this with her new book. Nearly every poem in 1919 begins with an […]

The Problem with Everything:
My Journey Through the
New Culture Wars

Meghan Daum Gallery Books ($27) by Erin Lewenauer In her late forties, Meghan Daum moved from Los Angeles to New York, the land of her youth, and began writing The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through New Culture Wars. “I’d left California in 2015 in the wake of irremediable, if mercifully amicable, marital separation,” she […]

The Pull of Politics: Steinbeck, Wright, Hemingway and the Left
in the Late 1930s

Milton A. Cohen University of Missouri Press ($50) by Ryder W. Miller The Pull of Politics tells the fascinating stories of John Steinbeck, Richard Wright, and Ernest Hemingway, who all wrote successful novels with leftist politics at the end of the 1930s: The Grapes of Wrath, Native Son, and For Whom the Bell Tolls, respectively. […]

Beat: The Latter Days of the Beat Generation: A First-Hand Account

Andy Clausen Autonomedia ($17.95) by Christopher Luna First-hand accounts of legendary cultural figures such as Neal Cassady are rare. Andy Clausen’s memoir of his relationships with Beat writers is notable for its unpretentious working-class perspective. Clausen spent much of his life with people who saw poetry as a calling. He related to street poets such […]

Save Your Eyes

Vicente Huidobro and Hans Arp translated by Tom Raworth Face Press by Patrick James Dunagan Circa 1971, poet Tom Raworth (1938-2017) turned in Save Your Eyes—his translation of the prose collaborations of Vicente Huidobro (1893-1948) and Hans Arp (1886-1966) published as Tres Novelas Ejemplares in 1931—as his Master’s thesis at University of Essex. As Raworth […]

“How Multiple and How
Simultaneous”: An Interview
with Éireann Lorsung

Interviewed by Elizabeth Fontaine, Evelyn May, and Sarah Degner Riveros Poet Éireann Lorsung is the author of Music for Landing Planes By (Milkweed Editions, 2007), which was followed by Her Book (Milkweed Editions, 2013) and the chapbook Sweetbriar (Dancing Girl Press, 2013). The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Lorsung has taught […]

Solar Perplexus

Dean Young Copper Canyon Press ($22) by Thomas Moody I don’t know what people mean by reality. Is it the ocean which I’ve always loved no matter its chitinous claws or the sky everything falls through or those scary-ass mites that live on our eyelids or the rain of diamonds on Saturn? These are the […]