Jan/Feb 2023

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Reviews & Interviews

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Ann Skea reviews...

Look! We Have Come Through: Living with D.H.Lawrence
by Lara Feigel

At a time of major upheavals in her life—a divorce and legal struggles over custody of her young children, a new partner, a move to a rented cottage in the country, and coping with lockdowns due to Covid 19—she turns to Lawrence for support and guidance as if he were her personal life-style coach..

There's been a Little Incident
by Alice Ryan

One of Uncle John's first demands of the family is they share the last text messages they had exchanged with Molly. These become brief chapters early in the book, and each fills out the picture we have of the family and of Molly. In separate chapters, too, as the search goes on, we meet each member of the family, hear their thoughts, and learn about their own problems..

Courtney Ludwick reviews...

We Are Changed to Deer at the Broken Place
by Kelly Weber

As Weber considers the body's role in shaping (and breaking with typical notions of) lived experience, so, too, do they consider form's role in generative disruption. I've often asked myself what role queerness plays in my own writing, in forms seemingly bound to binary constraints I don't see myself in. Weber's collection, with its simultaneous use and rupture of form, provides an answer. The sonnet, the elegy—this reader is most drawn to Weber's take on the prose poem. Ironic, considering how the prose poem falls outside of typical categorization itself.

Vincent Francone reviews...

Case Study
by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Case Study is a novel of ideas. But that's actually not saying much, as it's my contention that just about all novels are concerned with ideas. Of course, there are ideas and there are IDEAS. Case Study's ideas aren't small or facile, but for all the praise the book is getting for its convention busting, they're actually fairly common.