a year in reading

true, i no longer have a bookstore. but—there’s nothing to say i can’t write a 2017 roundup anyway! here are some books & one-offs i have loved this year each book is linked to indiebound to purchase in yr city no indies near you? many of them ship! or there’s always yr local library ❤Continue reading “a year in reading”

review: A TWENTY MINUTE SILENCE FOLLOWED BY APPLAUSE by shawn wen

This review was originally published at Plougshares on 8.15.17 Odd and delightful, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed By Applause is an artful character study, entertaining portrait, and comprehensive investigation of a great modern myth. full review here

interview w/ scaachi koul

Rumpus: There are more events to be had, in Canada and abroad, but what are some lessons that you’ve learned while touring for this book? Koul: 1) Teach people how to say your first and last names before they go up to a microphone. 2) Sit up straight at live events. 3) One glass of wine is not enough,Continue reading “interview w/ scaachi koul”

review: STOMACHS by luna miguel (tr. luis silva)

This review was originally published at Ploughshares on 7.14.17 Let’s romanticize purple. Let’s use it when something is so maudlin that it becomes gaudy, to describe a thing that contains copious amounts of weltschmerz. Let’s have this consensus: purple is not the way you (should) want your work to be described. But there are times forContinue reading “review: STOMACHS by luna miguel (tr. luis silva)”

review: AN ARRANGEMENT OF SKIN by anna journey

Sometimes being a poet means something inside you snaps, but not like a balloon too close to the ceiling. It bends and begs and burrows, and you, flailing like a sad firefly, break all the things you’re not supposed to break, trying to find it. You start with the things that keep you sane, andContinue reading “review: AN ARRANGEMENT OF SKIN by anna journey”

4/2/17, JMN

This poem was originally published at bloof books on 4/2/17 i was ready to sit any porch any overstuffed couch damp with rain headlights in the mist like a patterning of mold in my own life i wrote my outfits on the calendar like a protection spell the days went by like Mikasa plates plusContinue reading “4/2/17, JMN”