A Long Apprenticeship–Review of “Bearings and Distances” by Glenn Arbery
Newberg, OR: Wiseblood Books, 2015. Paperback. 346 pp. ISBN: 9780692468203 reviewed by Stephen Barnes The old saw among the literati, that all novel plots can really be reduced to just two—namely, a man goes on a journey, and a stranger comes to town—is given the lie in Glenn Arbery’s stunning first novel, Bearings and Distances. […]

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Review: “Pilgrim’s Gait” by David Craig
Eugene, OR: Resource Publications (imprint of Wipf & Stock), 2015. Paperback. 124 pp. ISBN: 9781498225564 reviewed by Marjorie Maddox Both affirming and unsettling, David Craig’s Pilgrim’s Gait walks us sometimes stub-toed, sometimes limping, sometimes leaping for joy across continents and centuries in this pilgrimage of poetry and prose. In the first section, “Pilgrim’s Places,” we […]

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Review: “Basic Disaster Supplies Kit” by Marci Rae Johnson
reviewed by Aaron Brown Bowling Green, KY: Steel Toe Books, 2016. Paperback. 82 pp. ISBN: 0986357510.  [Note: Marci Rae Johnson will be a featured presenter at the 2017 Windhover Writers’ Festival, Feb. 15-17.] It doesn’t take much time before Marci Rae Johnson’s latest poetry collection Basic Disaster Supplies Kit has you laughing, cringing, and experiencing […]

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Review: “True, False, None of the Above” by Marjorie Maddox
reviewed by David Craig Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2016. ISBN: 9781498239226. Paperback. 104 pp. In The Life of an American Poet James Atlas tells us that Delmore Schwartz was, at Harvard in the 40s, “one of the earliest beneficiaries of a policy­­–one that continues to this day–of hiring writers to teach English composition.” It’s a move […]

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