Friend o' Switchback Jessi Lee Gaylord reviews Bobcat Country and reminds me how awesome it is. Not like I forgot! -- but Jessi is spot-on:
"Homan dissects a slice of American pie, leaving the reader holding a dirty knife"
"a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants verse that flirts with prose"
"Bobcat delivers a Midwestern pastoral with exacting detail and a sheepish sense of humor, reminding us how it felt to have our feet propped on a sun-hot dash, singing along to Guns N’ Roses as our youth flew by."
Kathleen (Oneiromance (an epithalamion)) gives a rundown of her Poets & Puppets reading with Leigh Stein, Sasha Fletcher, Jason Koo, Sommer Browning and Noah Eli Gordon, Martin Rock, Jason Zuzga, and "Elisa Gabbert" (er, a puppet "with lace hair and pale disk eyes") over at Harriet.
Without constructing sequential plots, she deals with women’s lack of liberation and some of its awful particulars. Condensing what could be the early slave years of Sojourner Truth, in a poem about a young girl’s suicide titled “You Were Long Days and I Was Tiger-Lined,” Muench initially lashes the reader: “master wear a mask when you break out the leather.” No need to explain the link between whipping and being “tiger-lined”; Muench’s work suggests a woodshed of lost connections in a single image.
***Just noticed that Reiss also "reviews" the author photo at the end of the review... gross! Aren't we past this yet??? He describes "an attractive woman with horn-rimmed eyeglasses and a terrific smile." And while that may be true, um, really? NOT OK.***
New Poetry from Switchback Books The Haunted House by Marisa Crawford $14 paper 82 pp. Switchback Books ISBN: 9780978617257
Poetry. Marisa Crawford's first collection of poetry evokes The Breakfast Club's angst with deliberate control and fresh upheaval. Centering on coming-of-age themes, Crawford is brutally honest yet careful in her representations and confessional moments—she invokes a preteen voice, capturing in detail female subjects, such as one who wears "cotton flowers on her undershirt," and describing "men who leave handprints all over your blankets." There is a maddening and desirous investment in the characters littered throughout: Ivy, Deidre, Virginia, Stephanie, Megan. Each girl is a catalyst for another brilliantly crafted poem; each poem is a catalyst for swizzle-stick nostalgia and a close re-examination of girlhood. The winner of the 2008 Gatewood Prize, Crawford reminds us that although we may make it out of our childhoods alive, we...