Donna Spector’s Two Worlds, Reviewed by Ann Wehrman

Donna Spector Two Worlds Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press Reviewed by: Ann Wehrman In her 2016 collection, Two Worlds, playwright and poet Donna Spector reads her world nakedly, sans attachments, only to return scrutiny to herself, asking, “This is a place of non-desire, I know, / but how can it be when I want / now to […]

Alison Stone’s Ordinary Magic, Reviewed by David E. Poston

Alison Stone Ordinary Magic NYQ Books Reviewer: David E. Poston Antoine Court de Gebelin claimed the tarot was all that survived of the Egyptian Book of Thoth, though it more likely began as a curiously illustrated deck invented for the medieval Italian game of tarocchi. The dozens of different sets of tarot illustrations occupy a […]

Jeannine Hall Gailey’s Field Guide to the End of the World, Reviewed by Stephanie Chan

Jeannine Hall Gailey Field Guide to the End of the World Moon City Press Reviewer: Stephanie Chan There is a deeply empathetic tone throughout Jeannine Hall Gailey’s Field Guide to the End of the World. The book is divided into sections—“Disaster Studies,” “Cultural Anthropology,” “Hard Science,” “A Primer for Your Personal Genome Project,” “End Times […]

Stellar Albums of 2016, by John Amen

Stellar Albums of 2016 by John Amen 2016 may have yielded innumerable political shocks, nationally and internationally; however, it was also a fertile year for popular music. From timeless swansongs, to continued evolutions in hop hop and electronica, to a resourceful mining of sounds integral to the 80s and 90s, to audacious statements regarding human […]

Marylen Grigas’s SHIFT, Reviewed by Cindy Hochman

Marylen Grigas SHIFT Nature’s Face Publications Reviewer: Cindy Hochman “My father of flummox gave me flummox.” —Marylen Grigas, “At My Father’s Desk” Stitch together an expansive mind full of endless questions; a fascination with the scientific deconstruction of cells and art; imagination born of an asthmatic child, with a nod to pediatrician-poet William Carlos Williams; […]