#BookReview: Lion Scream: Syllabic Poetry About South African Life

My Review Robbie Cheadle’s latest release, Lion Scream, is a book-length photo essay prompted by visits she and her family made to the South African bush. The book comprises photography (including a cake art piece), poetry, commentary, and short fiction to provide a range of perspectives on the plight of wild animals in Cheadle’s home … Continue reading #BookReview: Lion Scream: Syllabic Poetry About South African Life

Early Childhood Literacy & Purple Prose

*Shaggy Dog Story Alert* A Confession I must confess that I have a fondness for purple prose--although not, of course, in contemporary writing. Perish the thought! Writing of the florid persuasion must stay strictly a nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century affair. A Little Backstory When my mother was writing a family history of her matrilineal line, several … Continue reading Early Childhood Literacy & Purple Prose

#BookReview: Ida: Searching for the Jazz Baby

My Review Ida: Searching for the Jazz Baby by Australian poet Frank Prem is based on an intriguing premise: whether or not it’s possible to uncover the past life of someone who has lost her identity to madness or senility. In this instance of lost identity, one of three women named Ida institutionalized in the … Continue reading #BookReview: Ida: Searching for the Jazz Baby