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...

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...

Reale's poems ring with so much grief, that particular agony that only the parent of a fiercely suffering child endures.  That her child is grown renders is no less excruciating, perhaps more.  Her experiences are at once mundane "I am in the chair in the corner, overl...

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...

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