August Read of the Month: “Punch,” by Ray McManus

Reviewed by William Bernhardt I should have seen it coming. The book opens with an epigraph from Philip Levine that provides fair warning: “You’ve never done something simple, so obvious…because you don’t know what work is.” That quote is a clear indicator of the informative and enlightening pleasures to be found in Ray McManus’s fascinating […]

“The Walmart Republic,” by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Christopher H. Stewart

Reviewed by MW Rishell Intertwined strands of DNA have become a popular metaphor, one that comes to mind while reading The Walmart Republic, a co-authored collection of poetry by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Christopher H. Stewart. The poems are gathered into five sections, with the first featuring the work of Stewart and the second the […]

Amy Susan Wilson Interviews William Bernhardt

ASW: Thank you, Bill, for taking the time to chat with me today about your book of poetry, The White Bird. Would you begin by providing us with an overview of this collection, and share what motivated you to write these poems? WB: I’ve been writing poetry for some time. Technically, according to my mother, […]

November Read of the Month: “The White Bird,” by William Bernhardt

Reviewed by Amy Susan Wilson Entering William Bernhardt’s debut poetry collection, The White Bird, is entering into the heart of human community. Always rich, often humorous, and at times poignant, these poems, which are diverse in style, guide us through the maze of parenting, longing, loss, working, traveling, and, among other things, falling in and […]

Sara Hughes

Sara Hughes recently graduated from Georgia State University, where she completed a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Poetry. Her poems and reviews have been published in Rattle, Reed, Rosebud, The Oklahoma Review, West Trade Review, Ouroboros Review, Red Clay Review, Umbrella Factory Magazine, Old Red Kimono, Loose Change, Thin Air, and Arts and […]

“Redemption,” by Lee Passarella

Reviewed by Shaun Turner Lee Passarella’s collection of poems, Redemption, focuses on quiet revelations—frost-bent daffodil in mid-March, mother dog nursing hungry pups, box kite adrift over the ocean. Passarella chooses these images, both bare and beautiful, to show us moments of revelation. His poems take us on a journey of perception, deepened by surprising metaphors, […]

“Half a Man,” by Bill Glose

Reviewed by William Aarnes For me at least, as someone who knows few people involved in the armed forces, one striking bit of news in Bill Glose’s Half a Man comes in the poem “Invisible.” The poem relates how, after a soldier dies in conflict, the spouse loses housing privileges.  We are all familiar with […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Julia Nunnally Duncan

AM:  Thank you for taking the time to do this interview, and congratulations on your forthcoming book, Barefoot in the Snow.  This is, I believe, your third collection of poetry.  How does this one differ from your earlier books of poetry? JND:  Barefoot in the Snow reflects a more mature vision and perspective of events […]