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Single Sentence Review: The Book of Joshua

12 Sep

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The Book of Joshua
Zachary Schomburg
Black Ocean 
128 p // $19.95

This is a journey without a departure, which makes it endless – an expedition through the space between grief and trauma, an unwieldy terrain that aching with hunger.

Single Sentence Review: Bangalore

9 Sep

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Bangalore
Kerry James Evans
Copper Canyon Press
96 pages / $16

Not every soldier goes to war, but these are stories of battle just the same.

Single Sentence Review: The Way We Sleep

7 Sep

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The Way We Sleep
Edited by C. James Bye and Jessa Bye
Curbside Splendor
220p/$14.95

Whether we are nestled or sprawled, heavily cushioned or atop a hardwood floor – these slumber stories occupy the most intimate of spaces: just as much the pillow made by the crook of a heavy arm a the endless expanse of our technicolor dreams.

 

Single-Sentence Review: The Youngest Butcher in Illinois

19 Dec

The Youngest Butcher in Illinois
Robert Ostrom
Yes Yes Books
76p/$16

Poetry that moves forward by the ellipsis of its lines; this book doesn’t end so much as walk through the void it opens.

SSR #8 of 15: Frequencies, Vol. 1

10 Jul

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Frequencies Vol. 1
Bob Hicok, Molly Gaudry, & Phillip B. Williams
music from Here We Go Magic, Outlands, and Sharon Von Etten
Yes Yes Books
155p/ $18

Music and poetry! Poetry and music! Clap tracks, boom boxes, marches for love and melody, heartbreak, patterns taking shape — it’s all in here, in every frequency!

SSR #7 of 15: The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense

9 Jul

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The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-defense
Tim Kinsella
Featherproof Books
374p/$15

An estranged family gathers to endure loss: gather ’round the microphone and sing a sad song or two,  work your way through the twelve steps, listen to a guy sing like Steve Perry, figure out your feelings on Fleetwood Mac.

SSR #6 of 15: Beauty Was The Case That They Gave Me

8 Jul

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Beauty Was The Case That They Gave Me
Mark Leidner
Factory Hollow Press
94p / $12

Mark Leidner struggles with weakness; Mark Leidner struggles with strength; Mark Leidner will tell you about romance; Mark Leidner will tell you about Snoop Dogg.

SSR #5 of 15: 48 Pornos

8 Jul

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48 Pornos
Tyler Gobble
Safety Third Enterprises
$7

Gobble’s impulsive and charming accounts of sexual encounters — both daydreams and feasible realities — will make you blush and laugh.

SSR #4 of 15: Fun Camp

6 Jul

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Fun Camp
Gabe Durham
Publishing Genius
166p/$12.95

This book will stain your lips with barrels of bug juice, callous your fingers from failed archery attempts, and give you the crisp thrill of a post-popsicle kiss: revel in the confusion and anarchy of summer camp.

SSR #3 of 15: Why We Never Talk About Sugar

5 Jul

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Why We Never Talk About Sugar
Aubrey Hirsch
Braddock Ave. Books
$16

Sixteen stories, deep and rich, take you through the mire of life gently, these are authentic accounts of humanity — full of stranded wives, broken husbands, and stranded circus performers–  each page brims with beauty and damnation.

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