Neil Shepard’s The Book of Failures, Reviewed by Brian Fanelli

The Book of Failures Neil Shepard Madville Publishing Reviewer: Brian Fanelli The last few years have been anything but easy. The world has faced a global pandemic and resurgent far-right populism and nationalism. Neil Shepard’s latest collection, The Book of Failures, tackles these issues head-on. The result is one of Shepard’s most socially conscious and […]

Alexis Rhone Fancher’s Brazen, Reviewed by Brian Fanelli

Brazen Alexis Rhone Fancher NYQ Books Reviewer: Brian Fanelli Anyone even slightly familiar with Alexis Rhone Fancher’s work knows that she doesn’t shy away from sexually charged and raunchy poetry. Her collected works for NYQ Books is called Erotic, for example. Her latest, Brazen, continues the tradition of poems that ooze with fierce and bold […]

Beat Not Beat, Reviewed by Brian Fanelli

Beat Not Beat: An Anthology of California Poets Screwing on the Beat and Post-Beat Generation Edited by Rich Ferguson, S.A. Griffin, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Kim Shuck Moon Tide Press Reviewer: Brian Fanelli Beat Not Beat, edited by Rich Ferguson, S.A. Griffin, Alexis Rhone Fancher, and Kim Shuck, may be an anthology inspired by the Beat […]

Matthew E. Henry’s the Colored page, Reviewed by Brian Fanelli

Matthew E. Henry the Colored page Sundress Publications Reviewer: Brian Fanelli Matthew E. Henry’s the Colored page won’t be easy to digest for every reader, especially a white audience. His poems are utterly unflinching and bold in their honesty. He uses “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes to link together four sections that detail […]

Robert Fillman’s House Bird, Reviewed by Brian Fanelli

Robert Fillman Bird House Terrapin Books Reviewer: Brian Fanelli Robert Fillman has a knack for turning the everyday domestic space into a fascinating subject for his poetry. He drills into home life, mining memory and personal experience. The result is a fine debut collection, House Bird. Even if the spaces Fillman writes about feel familiar, […]