February 5, 2018

Tiny stories are powerful.  In this age of quick Internet reads, long and meandering sentences that take their good old time getting to the point can rankle.   Jules Archer knows the power in the small, as evidenced by her powerful collection All the Ghosts We’ve...

January 8, 2018

If grief is another country, Jennifer Hudgen’s poems navigate that terrain like a native.  Her chapbook from the ever amazing Blood Pudding Press, is a carnivalesque romp through loss using the often sharp edges of memory, keen insight and a healthy dose of rage at wha...

November 29, 2017

In Krysia Jopek’s Hourglass Studies, time is not only fluid, it is splintered, chunky, inscrutable, validating and at times disorienting, though in all of the ways that are good.   One imagines that this highly original and inventive series of poems, numbered and quite...

November 3, 2017

Inquiry into Loneliness by Meg Harris is one of those collections that is layered in meaning.  Having read the slender volume several times, I was struck, each time, but what I managed to extract that I hadn’t in a previous reading. And I love collections like that, be...

October 2, 2017

Into every life, a bit of noir must fall. And if it doesn’t, maybe you are not just having enough fun.   Supernoir, Jessie Janeshek’s latest chapbook is homage to noir in all of its vagaries.  The cover photo, platinum blonde, Sixties-style, with the length of a silver...

September 4, 2017

I am intrigued by the cover of this amazing collection. Tell us about it.

This is an eerie and fascinating true story! I started writing my “Kitty poems” last summer. About six months after I’d be writing--and bringing poems to my writing group--my good friend, Jennifer...

August 25, 2017

Michelle Reale interviews Alessandra Bava, author of Love and Other Demons: 

MR: The title of the collection struck me.  Is love a demon?  Or does it have the potential to be?

AB: The title is a tribute to a novelist I deeply love, Gabriel García Márquez and to...

August 14, 2017

Azia Archer’s chapbook, Atoms and Evers is a journey through the vagaries of love, loss and whatever hangs between.   Reading these poems, I felt an energy----they are fast paced, and one imagines the speaker of these poems breathless, animated, delicate hand on chest...

July 6, 2017

Reviews Editor, Michelle Reale,discusses The Body Never Forgets, body memory, robots, the ridiculousness of humans, and much more with poet and actress, Hayden Saunier. 

MR: You use the body as a canvas of sorts in this collection.  How did these poems come about?

HS: Mo...

May 22, 2017

Over the course of history, the original Eve has seen many incarnations, popular revivals and much folklore and myth owe more than a nod to her influence, but none as inventive and contemporary as what poet Joanne Leva achieves in her full-length collection, Eve Would...

March 4, 2017

To claim the affection of someone who you pretend is dead is to be loved into perpetuity.  I am accustomed to losing layers over time and I made the recommended changes long ago.  Newsprint fingers are a thing of the past and for all I care world events can float throu...

Please reload

© 2019 Rag Queen Periodical  website  designed by M. Perle Tahat