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The Other 23 & a Half Hours by Catherine Owen — review by Mark McCawley

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The Other 23 & a Half Hours

by Catherine Owen

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 
Other_23_CoverThe Other 23 & a Half Hours:
Or Everything You Wanted to Know
that Your M.F.A. Didn’t Teach You
by Catherine Owen
Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd. (May 20 2015)
ISBN-10: 1928088007
ISBN-13: 978-1928088004
$13.54 US pbk | $20.00 CDN pbk | £12.82 UK pbk
200 pages, 5.75″ x 8.5″, Criticism

 
 
Catherine Owen’s The Other 23 & a Half Hours is not a “how-to” write book. It is not an instruction manual. It is not a teaching text. It makes no promises and proffers no guarantees. What it does do, though, is combine Owen’s own personal experiences as a poet with the experiences, practices, and expertise of fifty-eight Canadian poets (and a host of other American and international writers) interviewed over the course of several years.
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The Rose in Winter by Tanya Kern — review by Mark McCawley

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The Rose in Winter

by Tanya Kern

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 
The Rose In Winter Tanya KernThe Rose in Winter
by Tanya Kern
Ekstasis Editions (June 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 189743071X
ISBN-13: 978-1897430712
$21.95 US pbk | $21.95 CDN pbk | £29.83 UK pbk
62 pages, 6″ x 9″, Poetry

 
 
“First feelings. Here, on the page, I sing
not knowing if my heart is weeping.”

~Tanya Kern, “Cat Companion”, p.19 Read more

Remote Life by Edward Anki — review by Mark McCawley

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Remote Life

by Edward Anki

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 

Remote Life by Edward Anki​Remote Life
by Edward Anki
BareBackPress, (November 24, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1926449029
ISBN-13: 978-1926449029
$8.00 US pbk | $10.06 CDN pbk | £4.97 UK pbk
46 pages, 5.25″ x 8″, Poetry

 
 
Remote Life is Edward Anki’s debut poetry collection, published by Hamilton-based independent publisher, BareBackPress, whose aim to publish “writers who aren’t afraid to take off their gloves and bare themselves, giving the world honesty. Truth we may not like, but are forced to accept…providing readers with an entertaining emotional elevator ride.” Read more

Kali’s Day by Bonny Finberg — review by Mark McCawley

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Kali’s Day

by Bonny Finberg

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 
Kali'sDayKali’s Day
by Bonny Finberg
Unbearable Books/Autonomedia, (January 14, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1-57027-272-1
$15.95 US pbk | $17.69 CDN pbk | £11.99 UK pbk
234 pages, 8.3 x 5.5, Fiction

 
 

New Year’s eve he shows up at my door in black Prada, I’m in velvet. We’re dancing with his thigh between my legs. He lifts his shirt, revealing pierced nipples. He kisses me and a tongue stud knocks against my teeth. The rest of the night we’re dancing, kissing and laughing, drinking champagne at the bar. “Hello—” he says, giving me a lap dance, sliding his hand up my leg. He reaches into his pocket and takes out a lipstick. “I bought this today. Can you put it on me?”
“Hmm…Cinnabar.” I slide the lipstick over his mouth—“Impish leather boy,” I say, outlining one leaping cheekbone with the tip of my finger, “Crow morphed into man, creature of bark…You’re attracted to women who wear your dress size.”
That grin again.

 

(Prologue, Kali’s Day, p.9-10)

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This Wasted Land and its Chymical Illuminations by Marc Vincenz — review by Ron Kolm

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This Wasted Land

and its Chymical Illuminations

 

by Marc Vincenz (annotated by Tom Bradley)

 

review by Ron Kolm

 
 
This Wasted Land by Marc VincenzThis Wasted Land
and its Chymical Illuminations
by Marc Vincenz,
annotated by Tom Bradley,
Lavender Ink, New Orleans, April 2015
ISBN 978-1-935084-72-3
242 pages: $19.00

 
 

Marc Vincenz’s This Wasted Land is a fine addition to that long line of tricky texts that dot the periphery of Western literature. The denizens of this field that I’m familiar with are Swift’s Tale of the Tub and Battle of the Books, Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, Nabokov’s Pale Fire and my favorite: Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman.

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