Saturday, October 17, 2015

Review of Failure Lyric

I review Kristina Marie Darling's Failure Lyric at Word Riot.


"Darling usually works so hard, in my opinion, to find ways to conquer the silence, to overcome the negating power of loss, but in these poems the protagonist is often described as being unable to speak. “I tried to kiss you, but my mouth was frozen shut” and “Even in / the midst of violence, she finds herself unable to speak” are but two examples. Failure Lyric brazenly embraces failure, as the title suggests, but it does not pretend to find enlightenment or solace where there is none."

Thursday, October 15, 2015

In the Grip of a Name: New MMA Pieces

Check out 3 more MMA essays over at More Than Sports Talk


Of course, one must not fall for the lie that size doesn’t matter because it definitely does, and you don’t want to find out too late that a two hundred-pound brick-fisted opponent might as well be two hundred pounds of brick.

If you like these, here are four more also at More Than Sports Talk

New Review at Boston Review

I review Noah Eli Gordon's The Word Kingdom in the Word Kingdom at Boston Review.


"These poems are not playing games. Rather, they are attempting, without becoming precious or overly self-serious, to be sincere: “If I were to say, ‘The only thing inside a muffin / is muffin,’ I would certainly mean it."