review of These Are The Gloria Stories by Kelin Loe in Publishers Weekly

Loe's hip, energetic, and bodily debut is a frenetic trip through the messy, the psychosexual, and our almost-ordinary internal and external worlds. Inhabited by a singular but splitting voice, these worlds collide, ebb, and fight through four series of prose fragments where "Biochemically, I am more alive/ than you// and when/ the kitchen light cuts// out I become/ more to you// I mean I can candle." What these series lack in traditional sense, they exploit with energy, association, and colloquial smarts ("if you TRY TO SLOW me DOWN i will FRACTURE your comprehension of CHILL/ though I don't want to.") As it moves from mundane humor ("I just found your ring in the shower./ The water's back?") to the weird ("I put my best boob forward./ I could go for a breast blitz.") to the aggressive ("you/ will taste/ the wheel// with your throat."), the work remains full of surprises. Yet readers will also catch glimpses of the familiar: "i keep opening the internet like there is food in there." Loe's willingness to push the limits results in a strange pleasure that never overwhelms, thanks to the consistency of her deliriousness and to the work's simple and elegant form.  - Publishers Weekly


A new review of Hymn To Life by Timothy Donnelly!

A new review of Hymn To Life by Timothy Donnelly !

We only see the wind because we see the tree’s reply to it. Timothy Donnelly’s long poem Hymn to Life behaves similarly, but instead of the tree, it’s the past, and the force, rather than being the wind, is life. Topping out at sixty stanzas, un-serialized, populated by facts pulled from natural history with digressive little reveries into pop-culture, biography, antiquity, and personal anecdote, the intrinsic spirit of Hymn to Life – perhaps one of the best long poems written in recent memory – is sympathy 



new MOODS review! in new Sink Review!

“Mood,” by definition, is a varying and elusive term, much like Rachel Glaser’s collection of poems that leaves anyone who is fortunate enough to pick it up, piqued with not only interest but also self-examination. Again when re-examining the book’s title, in order to better understand the collection as a whole, the word mood in old English denotes military courage, though it more commonly refers to a person’s humor, temper, or disposition at a particular time. The word’s etymological definition rings throughout the book. -  Jake Mariani