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Duke & Jill by Ron Kolm — review by George Spencer

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Duke & Jill,

a collection of short stories by Ron Kolm

 

review by George Spencer

 
 

"Duke & Jill" by Ron Kolm. Cover by Jeffrey Isaac.

“Duke & Jill” by Ron Kolm. Cover by Jeffrey Isaac.

Duke & Jill
by Ron Kolm (Author),
Jeffrey Isaac (Illustrator), Bud Smith (Preface)
Unknown Press (April 28, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0996352619
ISBN-13: 978-0996352611
$12.55 US pbk | $16.86 CDN pbk | £8.65 UK pbk
102 pages, 5″ x 8″, Fiction

 
“You probably knew Duke and Jill at some point. They might have lived down the hall from you back in the day. Maybe you didn’t like them, or maybe you did. Maybe they scored for you, or you for them. Poet and literary impresario Ron Kolm represents this classic East Village trouble couple with the deadpan élan of a bohemian raconteur looking back from the other side of nowheresville.”

—Carl Watson, author of Hotel of Irrevocable Acts and Backwards the Drowned Go Dreaming
 
Ron Kolm’s book of interconnected short stories, Duke & Jill (Unknown Press, 2015), begins with the short declarative sentence: “Duke and Jill do drugs.” The events in these stories are centered around that fact; they’re filled with descriptions of the direct and collateral damage drugs do to them, as lovers and partners-in-crime, and to those around them. This all happens in that time, the ‘70s/’80s, when the variously designated Lower East Side, East Village, Alphabet City was a war zone — it was also a cradle of artistic freedom with the resultant creativity that came from it, but that’s another story.
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A Superintendent’s Eyes by Steve Dalachinsky — review by Mark McCawley

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A Superintendent’s Eyes

by Steve Dalachinsky

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 
A Superintendent's EyesA Superintendent’s Eyes
by Steve Dalachinsky (Author), Arthur Kaye (Illustrator)
Revised and Expanded Second Edition
Unbearable Books/Autonomedia (July 8, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1570272727
ISBN-13: 978-1570272721
$13.61 US pbk | $11.33 CDN pbk | £10.99 UK pbk
180 pages, 5″ x 7.25″, Poetry
photographs by Arthur Kaye

 
 
“you fine poets who live among universities
you glorious academicians
can you see civilization in your own backyards
in the ethnic eyes of the shopkeeper
buried in one neighborhood forever
dryly breathing
under a petrified cross?

the years have changed
but the times have not.”

~Steve Dalachinsky, A Superintendent’s Eyes #1, “from the basement of the academy”, p.13
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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