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My First Review in Poetry Northwest! Shin Yu Pai’s Ensō

After long wait, I’m pleased to announce a review of the stellar Ensō by Seattle-based Shin Yu Pai. This writ arrived out of a flash of creative exchanges between Shin Yu and me quite some time ago. It feels like quite a while ago at this point (all Pre-Covid), making this publication feel even more celebratory. Read the review of the unique book here.

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A New Review in North of Oxford: Riven by Catherine Owen

My review of Catherine Owen’s extraordinary Riven is now up in North of Oxford.

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A New Review in Rain Taxi: Alisoun Sings by Caroline Bergvall

My latest review revisits the works of Caroline Bergvall by way of her latest book, Alisoun Sings. It’s available in the online edition of Rain Taxi.

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A New Review of the the Latest by Thomas Walton and Douglas Miller

All the Useless Things Are Mine, featuring poetry by Thomas Walton and etchings/drawings by Douglas Miller, is an exquisite book, and I’m pleased that my review of it is now up at North of Oxford.

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A review of Black Case Volume I & II: Return From Exile by Joseph Jarman

I’ve recently reviewed Black Case Volume I & II: Return From Exile by the legendary Joseph Jarman. The review’s in Rain Taxi. Support them by buying a copy of their print edition.

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A Double Review of Jennifer Firestone’s Latest Works

I have reviewed Ten and Story by Jennifer Firestone via North of Oxford. This review, and the others, can be found as links on my Reviews page. You can learn more about Jennifer Firestone at her website.

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A New Review at North of Oxford: Paper Bells by Phan Nhiên Hạo

My review for May is up! Read my review of Paper Bells by Phan Nhiên Hạo here.

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A New Review at North of Oxford: Salem by Catherine Corman

I’ve got a new review of Catherine Corman’s chapbook/short work, Salem, up at North of Oxford.

Read it here.

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Two New Reviews in Rain Taxi

Two of my latest reviews are now in the print edition of Rain Taxi, now available for purchase.

  • Earth by Hannah Brooks-Motl
  • Codex by Joshua Lew McDermott

Both are excellent books. Please consider reading them and reading what I wrote about them!

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New Review: Things That Go by Laura Eve Engel

My latest review is now in Rain Taxi! Laura Eve Engel’s Things That Go, where “the entirety of the world is moving, and our understanding along with it is moving too—often to our surprise and overwhelmingly beyond full comprehension.” Read more here.

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New Book Review: Someone’s Utopia by Joe Hall

Someone's Utopia by Joe Hall

A new review of Joe Hall’s mesmerizingly brutal poetry collection Someone’s Utopia, is now up at North of Oxford.

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2019 in Books

It feels like just yesterday I posted about the 2018 books I read. The year most certainly did not fly by, and perhaps that’s because I was caught up in so much excellent reading over the past 12 months.

As per last year, what follows is a list of every title I read, with bolding for my “picks” or personal favorites. Note that some of these books made it into reviews, so they weren’t merely leisure reading.

Before the list, I need to shout out Goodreads, which now provides a snapshot of one’s reading. The data highlights are pretty fun, and open to the each user. They are also available to the public (see mine here).

Here are the books I read last year, with my most favorite in bold:

Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti

Ensō by Shin Yu Pai

Earth by Hannah Brooks-Motl

Chasing Clayoquot: A Wilderness Almanac by David Pitt-Brooke

Sailing by Ravens by Holly Hughes

What Rain Does by Ann Spers

26 Abductions by Maya Sonenberg

Preserving Fire: Selected Prose by Philip Lamantia

Water by Edward Burtynsky

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

One Hundred Myanmar Poems edited by Min Swe Hnit

Codex by Joshua Lew McDermott

A Slow Boiling Beach by Rauan Klassnik

Make It True Meets Medusario edited by José Kozer

On An Acre Shy of Eternity/ Micro Landscapes at the Edge by Robert  Dash

Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell

Hawai’i by James Yeary

The Darkness Call: Essays by Gary Fincke

Remembrance of Water / Twenty-Five Trees by John Taylor

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return by Zeina Abirached

Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer

Things That Go by Laura Eve Engel

AUX ARCS by Shin Yu Pai

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld

Army of God: Joseph Kony’s War in Central Africa by David Axe

Latino USA: A Cartoon History by Ilan Stavans

The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault

Against Everything: Essays by Mark Greif

The World Is All That Does Befall Us by Thomas Walton

The White Book by Han Kang

Bluets by Maggie Nelson

The Good Rain: Across Time & Terrain in the Pacific Northwest by Timothy Egan

Paper Towns by John Green

Call And Response: A Migrant/Local Poetry Anthology edited by Joshua Ip

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My Lot Is A Sky by Melissa Powers

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

The United States of Wind: A Travelogue by Daniel Canty

Ideas Have No Smell: Three Belgian Surrealist Booklets

No Finis: Triangle Testimonies, 1911 by Deborah Woodard

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky

Seminary Poems by Diane di Prima

Poems of Federico García Lorca chosen and translated by Paul Blackburn with twenty one drawings by Basil King

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Soundtrack to a Fleeting Masculinity by Benjamin Schmitt

Habitation: Collected Poems by Sam Hamill

Huge Cloudy by Bill Carty

What I Knew by Eleni Sikelianos

The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book by Gord Hill

Widowland by Pamela Manché Pearce

Poems from the Passionate Heart: Reflections on Healing and Awakening by Roy Holman

In These Curved Spaces by Andrea Yew

Footnotes on Falling by Joshua Ip

Afterimage by Werner Kho

The Woman Who Turned Into A Vending Machine by Natalie Wang

Human Acts by Han Kang

BEEF by Nurul Amillin Hussain

To the Barricades by Stephen Collis

The Divine Within: Selected Writings on Enlightenment by Aldous Huxley

Futurist Performance by Michael Kirby

All Actors: Fifty Poems by Min Swe Hnit

The Post-War Digital Radio by Kyi Zaw Aye

Alphabet for the Entrants by Vasilisk Gnedov

Feed Me Weird Things by Lisa Rogal

I Have Never Been Able to Sing by Alexis Almeida

Bones Will Crow: An Anthology of Burmese Poetry edited by James Byrne

Meadowlark West by Philip Lamantia

A Drink of Red Mirror by Kim Hyesoon

The Burden of Being Burmese by ko ko thett

My Own Voice by Zeyar Lynn

First Mountain by Zhang Er

Sugar Factory by Emily Wallis Hughes

Midden by Julia Bouwsma

follow the mekong home by Krystal M. Chuon

Mexico City Blues by Jack Kerouac

American Prophets: Interviews with thinkers activists poets and visionaries by Paul E Nelson

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New Book Review: On an Acre Shy of Eternity: Micro Landscapes at the Edge

My new book review of Robert Dash’s On an Acre Shy of Eternity: Micro Landscapes at the Edge is now available on North of Oxford. This was a fantastic read, and viewing, both in its poetry and photography.

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New Review: Rauan Klassnik’s A SLOW BOILING BEACH

Now up to be read etc on North of Oxford, a review of Klassnik’s new collection, A SLOW BOILING BEACH.

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New Reviews on YR: Widowland and What I Knew

There are two new reviews on Yellow Rabbits. One is for Widowland by Pamela Manché Pearce, and one is for What I Knew by Eleni Sikelianos.