#Bookreview: Zahara and the Lost Books of Light

My Review Zahara and the Lost Books of Light opens with a gripping scene from the Spanish Inquisition. In a moonlit plaza in Granada, “The smell of incipient violence taints the air.” Although a dozen severed earlobes hanging from the Arc of the Ears bear witness to the loss of human life that day, the … Continue reading #Bookreview: Zahara and the Lost Books of Light

#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

“GI Jive,” “Mairzy Doats” & #Tanka, too!

I recently had a conversation with a fellow writer about the conventional wisdom of needing to have a blog following to "build author platform." (I will always put that phrase in quotation marks. When I'm speaking, I use air quotes.) I advised him that it takes a big time commitment to read and comment on … Continue reading “GI Jive,” “Mairzy Doats” & #Tanka, too!