Archives for February 2015

“Facing a Lonely West,” by Helen Losse

Reviewed by William Aarnes Two poems in Helen Losse’s new collection, Facing a Lonely West, stick in the mind. The playful “Poetry as Sloe Gin” offers a number of metaphors for poetry, suggesting that “Coleslaw generates some poetry upon occasion” and that “Poetry is the whole / of a schoolboy, not a select part.” The […]

“The Ice Garden,” by Moira Crone

Reviewed by Lynn Braxton Moira Crone’s novel, The Ice Garden, set in the town of Fayton, North Carolina, in the early 1960’s, contradicts the prevailing belief that all children are naturally born into a world of blue skies and butterflies where everything is soft and warm. Ten year old Claire McKenzie, the narrator of this […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Mark Schimmoeller, Author of “Slowspoke”

AM: Mark, I’m excited about this interview because I’d like to say I know someone who made a cross-country trip on a unicycle. Not many people can claim that—probably just the people who know you. Why in the world did you undertake this journey? MS: I’m thrilled that you know a cross-country unicycle traveler—and a […]

February Read of the Month: “In The Night Orchard: New and Selected Poems,” by R. T. Smith

Reviewed by Brendan Galvin If a reader’s first demand for poetry is that it consist of language other than journalese, then this new and selected volume made up of seventy-three poems taken from eleven previous collections should provide a substantial view of R. T. Smith’s achievement. In Smith’s work there are none of the usual […]

Brendan Galvin

Brendan Galvin is the author of sixteen collections of poems. Habitat: New and Selected Poems 1965-2005 (LSU Press) was a finalist for the National Book Award. His Cape Cod crime novel, Wash-a-shores, is available on Amazon Kindle. The Air’s Accomplices, a collection of new poems, is forthcoming from LSU Press in the spring of 2015. He lives […]

“Southern Women and Their Birds,” Essay by John Nelson

Essay by John Nelson I came to literature long before I came to birds. I remember cardinals and robins from my childhood in suburban Chicago, and I probably saw kingfishers and herons as a friend and I searched for snakes along the Des Plaines River, but I don’t recall meeting anyone whose imagination had been […]

John Nelson

John Nelson has contributed essays on birds and literature to The Antioch Review, The Gettysburg Review, Harvard Magazine, The Harvard Review, The Massachusetts Review, The New England Review, and various birding magazines in the U.S. and Great Britain. His essay “Brolga the Dancing Crane Girl,” on birds and dance, was awarded the Carter Prize for […]