'Tweaky Village' by Kevin Killian

Tweaky Village takes scrambled bits of pop culture, light, and color, and reassembles them into flickering lines that create, ultimately, a cohesive, captivating picture
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'Nora Webster' by Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín’s latest novel, Nora Webster, has landed on multiple best of the year lists. It’s a fitting tribute for a book that is largely about taking stock…. read more

'Straight Razor' by Randall Mann

There are ways in which this collection of poems (by turns light and searing) doesn’t necessarily want the reader to get too comfortable…. read more

'Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin' by Patrick Donnelly

This book’s title simultaneously draws one with its high diction and keeps one at bay and the first poem, “When in the Uterine Empyrean They Told Me” seemed to follow suit. Clearly, a poem that at once invokes Second Empire gowns, the King James Bible’s Song of Solomon and friends with benefits in less than… read more

'Collateral Light' by Julia Cohen

A confession: I like to read the endings first. Not for novels or narrative memoirs, but always for a collection of poems. I’m not worried that the last poem in the book is going to give something vital away. Surprise is chronic in good poetry, and insight is recursive. These aren’t elements the reader has… read more