Blog Tour & Giveaway: “Night Ringing” by Laura Foley

Night Ringing is a new autobiographical collection of poems from author Laura Davies Foley.  I read her Joy Street collection several years ago and am delighted to be able to explore more of her work. Night Ringing includes 63ish (my count may be slightly off) short poems that begin in childhood, but quickly progress to more adult themes of finding love,Read more

Review and Giveaway: “Joy Street” by Laura Foley

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  The Land of Happy Sometimes all this grinning feels so strange, I just lie on the porch doing nothing energetic, just lolling on the sun-warmed wood, letting the dogs lick my face, while the din of loneliness fills other ears Joy Street by Laura Foley is a collection of poems that eloquently capture momentsRead more

New Acquisitions, 1/9/14

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New Acquisitions is a feature where I talk about recent books that I’ve purchased, borrowed, won, and/or received for review consideration. All book descriptions are taken from Goodreads. For Book Tours: Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova Books set in or influenced by Eastern Europe fascinate me, as do books that embrace legend and myth but juxtaposeRead more

“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson

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Even when my girls were little, we’d go down there, my grandmother tells us.  And people’d be marching. The marching didn’t just start yesterday. Police with those dogs, scared everybody near to death.  Just once I let my girls march.   Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical memoir in verse about the author’s childhood inRead more

Review and Giveaway: “Lust” by Diana Raab

WHERE ELSE where else but in art can you let your fantasies blossom and dreams flower– nowhere. Lust is the fourth book of poetry by Diana Raab.  The book explores the emotional and physical intimacy of love, painting brief pictures of private moments shared between individuals and the complex feelings that they evoke. As inRead more

“Natural Selections” by Joseph Campana

Over the past couple months, I’ve mentioned that I wanted to start a monthly poetry spotlight in order to increase my knowledge of contemporary poetry.  I’m finally doing it! I received a copy of the collection “Natural Selections” by Joseph Campana through NetGalley.  I read the book a few weeks ago, but I haven’t been satisfied withRead more

“War Dances” by Sherman Alexie, Part 1

I decided to break up this book into a couple posts, as it is a collection of short stories and poems.  I picked up this book at the National Book Festival back in September.  Alexie’s novels are often challenged in schools because his writing addresses the problems faced by Native Americans in the modern US.  ItRead more

“The Way to Rainy Mountain” by N. Scott Momaday

I read this book as a part of a class I’m taking this semester on multiculturalism and librarianship. The book is about Native American culture, specifically the Kiowa.  It tells the story of the author’s journey to visit his grandmother’s grave near Rainy Mountain.  Each page is split into three segments.  Momaday opens each sectionRead more

“Broetry” by Brian McGackin

Everybody needs at least one good coffee-table book.  As a grad student whose life has been impacted by the somewhat shitty economy, I found this book of poems to be hilarious. The collection, entitled “Broetry,” is written by a guy who actually has an advanced degree in poetry.  The subject matter lies along the linesRead more