Tag Archives: Spring 2019

“A Certain Amount of Insanity”:
Tessa Hadley in conversation
with Curtis Sittenfeld

EDITOR’S NOTE: The evening of January 24, 2019 came with sub-zero temps in the Twin Cities, but that didn’t deter a dynamic crowd from attending Rain Taxi’s first literary event of the year: acclaimed British author Tessa Hadley in conversation with Minnesota’s own Curtis Sittenfeld, author of several works of fiction (most recently You Think […]

Empty Words

Mario Levrero translated by Annie McDermott Coffee House Press ($16.95) by Adrian Glass-Moore I’m writing this review by hand, something I rarely do. No matter how hard I try, I find it impossible to write legibly, let alone beautifully, and my handwriting has been this bad since at least high school. But if I’m to […]

The Popol Vuh

translated by Michael Bazzett Milkweed Editions ($16) by Maximilian Heinegg The Popol Vuh, literally the “book of the woven mat,” is equal parts creation tale, hero’s journey, and genealogy of the K’iche’, the indigenous people of Guatemala. Named for where the K’iche’ would sit to hear the story recited by a tribal elder, the work […]

Two Takes: Aviaries

Review by Jeff Alford     |       Review by Seth Rogoff Aviaries Zuzana Brabcová translated by Tereza Novická Twisted Spoon Press ($16) reviewed by Jeff Alford Composed like a twenty-first century flashback to Nikolai Gogol’s “Diary of a Madman,” Zuzana Brabcová’s excellent, final novel Aviaries is a surrealist collage of memories, anxieties, and fantasies. […]

Wild Milk

Sabrina Orah Mark Dorothy, a publishing project ($16) by Rachel Hill It is difficult to know how to define what scuttles, mutters, and lactates across the pages of poet Sabrina Orah Mark’s newest collection Wild Milk. Are these bewildering fables? Mumbling poems? Truncated shorts? Whatever they are, one thing is clear: They are excellent. Surreal […]

Light Reading

Stephan Delbos BlazeVOX ($16) by Kenneth J. Pruitt “Light reading” is an odd little phrase that stands in for myriad literary desires, typically ones that involves easy digestion. When the world is too much, we occasionally want our free time spent with books that do not require too much of us. In an era of […]

Cathedrals & Parking Lots:
Collected Poems

Clemens Starck Empty Bowl ($20) by John Bradley Given that so many poets support themselves by teaching, there’s a surprising disclosure in the biographical note included in Clemens Starck’s Cathedrals & Parking Lots: Collected Poems: “A Princeton dropout and former merchant seaman, he has supported his literary and intellectual interests for more than fifty years […]

The Dream of Reason

Jenny George Copper Canyon Press ($16) by Warren Woessner The introduction to this debut collection of poetry by Jenny George notes that the title of a famed etching by Goya can be translated as “The dream of reason produces monsters.” Many of the poems, while not describing the monsters that we know from horror movies, […]

We Are All Witnesses For Each Other:
An Interview with
Sean Thomas Dougherty

Interviewed by William Stobb Born and raised in New York, Sean Thomas Dougherty lives with his wife and daughters in Erie, Pennsylvania. After many years as the house man at Gold Crown Billiards, Dougherty now works as a caregiver and medical technician for various disabled populations, while still writing poetry; his latest book is The […]

Fruit Geode

Alicia Jo Rabins Augury Books ($16) by Anat Hinkis The experiences of childbirth and early motherhood are simultaneously physical and metaphorical in Alicia Jo Rabins’ new collection, Fruit Geode, which was selected as finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in 2018. In resonance with Rabins’ first collection, Divinity School, there is a strong sense […]