Tag Archives: Winter 2015

Life Upon the Wicked Stage: A Memoir

Grace Cavalieri Scarith / New Academia Publishing ($24) by Daniela Gioseffi In the prelude to her new memoir, Grace Cavalieri says “I love reviewing other people’s books. I love interviewing others on the radio about their work. I love transforming words into poetry. Yet this personal writing seems hard. For some reason when Ken said […]

Into the Depths of Human Soul-Making: an interview with Clayton Eshleman

by Stuart Kendall For many readers of contemporary American poetry, Clayton Eshleman needs no introduction. His poetry, essays, and translations have been a fixture of the postmodern sensibility in leading poetry magazines nationally and internationally for more than five decades. It’s been honored with the National Book Award in Translation, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, […]

K: A 21st Century Canzoniere

I Goldfarb BlazeVox Books ($22) by Michael Boughn I Goldfarb’s K: A 21st Century Canzoniere is a marvel, with all the deep roots of that word (“to wonder at, be astonished”) still living there, squirming around. For one thing, there hasn’t been a book like this in quite a while—it contains 590 love poems, many […]

Deco Punk: The Spirit of the Age

Edited by Thomas A. Easton and Judith K. Dial Pink Narcissus ($15) by Kelsey Irving Beson In their feisty introduction to the short story collection Deco Punk: The Spirit of the Age, editors Thomas A. Easton and Judith K. Dial outline their vision for a new literary movement of science-driven fiction chronologically situated between the […]

M Train

Patti Smith Knopf ($25) by Christopher Luna M Train, Patti Smith’s follow-up to the National Book Award-winning Just Kids, is an elegiac exploration of loss, the mystical power of objects that hold sentimental value, the joy to be taken from a good detective story, and the inexorable pull of place. Our narrator travels in an […]

A Roll of the Dice

Stéphane Mallarmé Translated by Robert Bononno and Jeff Clark Wave Books ($25) by Richard Henry Robert Bononno and Jeff Clark's A Roll of the Dice is the latest in a slew of recent translations of Stephane Mallarmé's Un Coup de Dés Jamais N'Abolira Le Hasard and it brings a different aesthetic approach to this challenging […]

The Creator

Salomo Friedlaender (Mynona) Translated by Peter Wortsman Wakefield Press ($13.95) by Jesse Freedman At once a philosophical study of dreams and a fabulist rendering of free will, The Creator is a novella unlike any I can remember reading. Its author, the German intellectual Salomo Friedlaender, designated it a “grotesque,” intending it as a magical, almost […]

On One: The Writings of Roger Gilbert-Lecomte

The Book is a Ghost Thoughts & Paroxysms for Going Beyond Roger Gilbert-Lecomte Translated by Michael Tweed Solar Luxuriance ($13) Theory of the Great Game  Writings from "Le Grand Jeu" René Daumal & Roger Gilbert-Lecomte, et al. Edited and translated by Dennis Duncan Atlas Press ($29.95) by Garrett Caples In 1929, during one of the […]

Winter 2015

INTERVIEWS Writerly Friendship: An interview with Jill Alexander Essbaum and Jessica Piazza For these two writers, friendship supersedes competition and instead grows the relationship as they share their appreciation, adoration, and respect for each other. Interviewed by Sarah Suzor Into The Depths Of Human Soul-Making: An Interview With Clayton Eshleman In this extended conversation, Eshleman […]