Poems for Modern America: A Review of Floaters by Martín Espada

Floaters: Poems by Martín EspadaMy rating: 5 of 5 starsAbsolutely astounding. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.Opening with the full rage and grief of modern America, Espada gives heartbreaking and powerful voice to immigrants and the children of immigrants in the modern age--capturing the details of individual stories while painting a picture of America … Continue reading Poems for Modern America: A Review of Floaters by Martín Espada

Book Review – Nothing but Blackened Teeth

This one's not releasing until October 2021, but mark your calendars because it's worth it. I mean, just look at that cover. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can read the full review here, and then go check out Khaw's other work until this one is available. Nothing … Continue reading Book Review – Nothing but Blackened Teeth

Death and Renewal : Horror and Identity in L.C. Barlow’s “Pivot”

Pivot by L.C. Barlow My rating: 5 of 5 starsI know the author through our MFA program. Review contains non-specific spoilers.From the very first chapter, Barlow shows the reader exactly what sort of world Pivot is going to introduce us to--a world of violence and blood, of evil and coldness. A world of mystery. A … Continue reading Death and Renewal : Horror and Identity in L.C. Barlow’s “Pivot”

Why Stories?

Previously published elsewhere on the site and now moved and reposted to here. Why stories? Why do we write stories? Why do we read them? How much do they really matter? Think about how we often discuss stories in our culture: Pleasure reading. Guilty reading. Saying “I’m going to do absolutely nothing and read.” Using … Continue reading Why Stories?