Tag Archives: Winter 100

A Furnace Fed on Stars:
Deborah Digges and the Double-Edged Poetics of Loss

by Timothy Walsh There has never been anything quite like the poetry of Deborah Digges. Search all the labyrinthine byways of contemporary poetry, and you will not find anything to match the preternatural clairvoyance Digges can conjure in her poems. Searingly luminous, intensely lyrical, often oracular, her poetry is paradoxically both rooted in the modern […]

The Collected Poetry and Prose of Lawrence Fixel

Lawrence Fixel edited, with an introduction, by Gerald Fleming Sixteen Rivers Press ($22) by John Bradley If there’s one line that best captures the spirit of Lawrence Fixel’s poetry and prose, it’s this one from “Truth, War, and the Dream-Game”: “The closer we look, the more massive the ambiguity.” Fixel (1917-2003) is best known for […]

Prairie Architecture

Monica Barron Golden Antelope Press ($15.95) by Andy Harper The first collection from a seasoned poet of place, Monica Barron’s Prairie Architecture is particularly good pandemic reading. To write the rural Missouri college town where Barron is a professor of English and to live in the era of distancing both call for the patterns of […]

The Human Journey: An Interview with Micheline Aharonian Marcom

by Benjamin P. Davis On July 23rd, 2020, The New York Times Magazine ran a story entitled “The Great Climate Migration Has Begun.” “Our model projects that migration will rise every year regardless of climate, but that the amount of migration increases substantially as the climate changes,” the team of authors write. “In the most […]

Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best

Neal Bascomb Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ($28) by Samir Knego In the world of motorsport, it's sometimes said that a particularly fast drive will “look slow.” Neal Bascomb mimics this in his writing as he takes the reader through a given lap; rather than emphasizing its speed, he breaks the lap down to focus on the […]

We Ride Upon Sticks

Quan Barry Pantheon ($26.95) by Jaime Miller In We Ride Upon Sticks, Quan Barry seamlessly fuses two topics that seemingly couldn’t be further apart: witchcraft and women’s field hockey. With her stunning characterization and a picture-perfect glimpse into the rivalry and friendship involved in high school sports, Barry pulls the reader right out of 2020 […]

Wanting Everything:
The Collected Works

Gladys Hindmarch edited by Deanna Fong & Karis Shearer Talonbooks ($29.95) by Patrick James Dunagan For the past several decades, Vancouver British Columbia has played host to a lively poetry scene that in many ways mirrors the one 1500 kilometers down the Pacific coast in San Francisco. The beginnings of the Vancouver scene date back […]

The Girl from Widow Hills

Megan Miranda Simon & Schuster ($26.99) by Erin Lewenauer Megan Miranda’s fourth novel for adults is another insightful, literary, and suspenseful mystery, inspired by the story of “Baby Jessica”: Jessica McClure Morales who fell into a well in Texas in 1987 at eighteen months and survived for the fifty-six hours it took to free her. […]