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Review: Half-Hazard by Kristen Tracy

The poems in Kristen Tracy’s debut collection Half-Hazard (Graywolf Press) are warning signs in a big, dangerous world. Tracy leads her readers by the hand into a surreal landscape of circus animals, vampires, and the fields of Idaho. An author of twelve novels for young readers, Tracy brings all the magic and pain of adolescence…

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Review: Kayak Morning by Roger Rosenblatt

As I was reading Roger Rosenblatt’s Kayak Morning, I found myself mentally clawing at the reflective prose for a direction. I was hoping to find a structure that lead both this book’s speaker and its subject to some unified conclusion. I was looking for distance, for the book to travel. I think, because of how much of this piece…

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Review: The Voice at 3:00 A.M. by Charles Simic

The Voice at 3:00 A.M. is poetic pop. It’s easy to understand the broad appeal of Charles Simic’s work: his collection, The Voice at 3:00 A.M., has the unshakable aroma of compromise. By aiming to amaze everyone, it mainly just tickles, rather than truly resonating with, the individual reader. I found it promising but eventually…

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Review: Elegy Owed by Bob Hicok

Never before has an elegy made me feel so giddy inside. Bob Hicok’s Elegy Owed provokes the reader to completely rethink the concept of the elegy, warp it from a leaden dirge into a necessary foil of wit and celebration. No abysmal doldrums weigh this collection down. With childlike playfulness, the shamanistic Hicok yanks the sky down…

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

In recent months, after having caught a bit of outside light, Gillian Flynn’s debut novel, Sharp Objects, casts its shadows across every person who slips into its mesmerizing, 300-odd page world. After the emergence of Flynn’s second book, Dark Places, and her third novel, the unavoidable…

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