#BookReview: Small Town Kid

My Review Frank Prem’s memoir in verse, Small Town Kid, opens with a poem titled “I can hardly wait to show you.” This poem is a direct invitation to the reader to “take my hand in the main street / of this town hewn from honey granite / I will tell you what once stood … Continue reading #BookReview: Small Town Kid

#Bookreview: Minus One

My Review The poems in Elizabeth Merry’s collection, Minus One: The Story of a Life, are rich and nuanced with the fluidity of time and memory. I found myself rereading a number of them, each time with a new layer of meaning revealed. Minus One is the poetry of paradox: death in life visible in … Continue reading #Bookreview: Minus One

#Bookreview: Doll God

My Review Doll God, Luanne Castle’s award-winning debut poetry collection, can best be described in terms of the water imagery that appears throughout. Some poems lap at the lakeshore of sensory experience, while others plumb the ocean depths of metaphor. A prominent theme in the collection is the nature of artistic inspiration, in all its … Continue reading #Bookreview: Doll God

#Bookreview: November Weather Spell

Review of November Weather Spell I bought Robert Fillman’s debut poetry chapbook, November Weather Spell, on the strength of his poem “The Blue Hour,” which I first read in the literary magazine Ninth Letter. The blue hour of the poem’s title refers to the extra hour of dusk gained when the clocks are set back … Continue reading #Bookreview: November Weather Spell