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Enjoyed this issue of Cave Wall. I found the art really evocative - I don't always like the black and white woodcuts featured in this journal, but this issue's art by Geraldine Theurot was really nice. Lisa Zimmerman's poems at the end of the issue were favorites, as well as David Thacker's poems about pregnancy.
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It took me forever to read this, going through a poem or two at bedtime maybe once a week or so, but read it I did. It had poems in it, and some of them were good.
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I have to say, Rhett hit it out of the ballpark with this issue of Cave Wall. Almost every poem was fantastic. Really really good.

This issue of P&W was meh for me. On one hand, I found out about Cozy Classics, which are obviously books my daughter needs immediately. On the other hand, the articles didn't all grab me, and none of the contests jumped out as things that would be appropriate for me to throw in for. I'm also interested in applying for a workshop or conference (maybe next summer, for a long weekend - Fritz has gotten to do a couple of cool writing conferences without me, and it's totally my turn) but I didn't see anything good or appropriate in here (since I obviously can't do a six-week residency, etc). So, meh.
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I finished reading this a while ago but I have no computer time anymore so it's taken me forever to post about it. Apparently I was interested in the following reviews, judging by the dog-eared pages:

- The Sexual History of London, by Catharine Arnold
- Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
- Mouse Guard, by David Petersen (tiny warrior mice!)

And apparently I don't think I should read The Great Lover, by Michael Cisco. OK, duly noted on goodreads.
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Some good stuff in this issue of Rain Taxi. Books I'm interested in checking out:
- Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
- Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
- The Angel Makers by Jessica Gregson
- Body of a Dancer by Renee E. D'Aoust (interesting from my yoga perspective - I've taught yoga to a couple of dancers, and their bodies work in totally different ways than a non-dancer's)
- The Uncertainty Principle by Mark Kraushaar

I was also really interested in the profile of Andrea Camilleri's work - he's a mystery writer I'd never heard of, and I definitely want to look him up now.
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In this issue of Rain Taxi, I had heard of exactly two of the authors reviewed, and none of the reviewers. This is one thing that I love about Rain Taxi. The big find of this issue is that there's a graphic novel version of Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn, which clearly I must acquire.
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This issue of Rain Taxi had some great stuff, as always.I love Rain Taxi because they rarely review books I've actually heard of, so I'm always discovering something new that looks interesting. This time I was intrigued by a book on the art of Thornton Dial, the sort of thing that I'd never look up on my own, but he sounds fascinating and the little black and white images of his work were really interesting. There was also some poetry books that sounded good in this issue. My problem with Rain Taxi is that, with its focus on new work that's unlikely to get a lot of media attention, they end up reviewing a lot of very experimental poetry and fiction, and that's not the sort of thing that I enjoy, but in every issue there are still always a few things that sound amazing that I have to add to my list.
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Another magazine that took me forever to read this month, but ce la vie. As always, lots of interesting book reviews in this issue, and a lot of books to add to my To Read list.
supercheesegirl: (books - monster)
This issue of Rain Taxi was even better than the last issue. I was thinking that they seem to review more esoteric, intellectual stuff than what I like to read, but then there were actually a lot of really interesting-sounding books reviewed in here. I want to read:

The Forest of Sure Things, by Megan Snyder-Camp

Graphic Novels:
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, by Sarah Glidden
The Zabime Sisters, by Aristophane, trans. Matt Madden
The Playwright, by Eddie Campbell and Daren White

A Little Party Dress: Lyric Essays, by Christian Bobin, trans. Alison Anderson
I Never Dared Hope for You: Lyric Essays, by Christian Bobin, trans. Alison Anderson
The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Are So Important in a Distracted Time, by David L. Ulin
Urn Burial, by Sir Thomas Browne (I don't know if I'd actually read this, but the review was fascinating!)

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, edited by Kate Bernheimer
Bartleby, the Sportscaster, by Ted Pelton (the premise is worth at least checking it out at the library)
Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry: Stories, by Christine Sneed

Perhaps subscribing to a book review magazine was not the best idea for me in a year when I have no time whatsoever to read. At least this way, though, I can live vicariously through the reviews.

This issue of Rain Taxi also included perhaps the best book review I've read so far. The book was Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices, by Noah Feldman, reviewed by Jacob Appel. Ordinarily I have no interest at all in the Supreme Court, the presidency of FDR, or really that period in US history - at least, not nearly enough to want to read about those things - but Appel's review was truly engaging and made the subject interesting. I almost want to go read the book itself but I fear that review will, for me, be far more enjoyable than the book itself. This is the kind of book review that makes me want to write book reviews. Really exciting to read.
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I've been working my way through this issue of Sentence for over a month now--it's such a thick journal it always takes me forever.

The feature on the prose poem in Asia was really neat. I didn't always like all the poems, but I found it fascinating. I also appreciated that the essays on the prose poem in a particular Asian country were each short and to the point. I remember thinking, when I read the issue with the feature on Italian prose poems, that the essay was painfully long and I just couldn't get through it, but this was totally different. Really enjoyed it.

Other things I liked:
Richard Kostelanetz's "Another Single-Sentence Story" and "Short Novels (with Titles)"
Luke Kennard's "The Elements"
Kalev Hantsoo's untitled poem was incredibly creepy
Sandy McIntosh's "Insignificant Meetings with Remarkable Men" was really innovative
I found Christopher Buckley's stuff pretty interesting
I loved Monique van den Berg's two poems, "Red Hysteria" and "The Dead Bird"
James Fowler's "All Bars Have Ghosts" was pretty cool
Andrew Neuendorf's "An American Blue..." was incredibly clever and surprisingly well sustained for what it was. It really got on my nerves, but by the end of it I was kind of filled with admiration.
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I've been carrying this around for a while (mostly because it's really light; if it'd been heavier, I would have made a point to finish it sooner). I really like the work they publish in Sow's Ear. It's a neat journal.

In this issue, Heather Angier's scoliosis poems were really lovely. Janlori Goldman's "Shot" was pretty cool. The "Community of Poets" feature included some really good work: I liked Bill Neumire's "Far End of the Field", Steve Mueske's "Late for Work" meditation. Other good ones include Robert Chute's "Stones" and Janice Townley Moore's "The Necklace".
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I've been thinking that maybe I should look into becoming a book reviewer. I mean, I pretty much write book reviews anyway, for fun, as you all know. Actually publishing reviews would be good for my resume, would give me some clips that I could use (as examples of my writing when applying to write articles in the future), and would be a good use of writing time during this next year when I'll be doing my teacher training: I expect that I'll be spending a ton of time on yoga, to the detriment of my own personal writing, but writing a book review would be something with a definite endpoint, something I could write and complete and be done with, very much not like a poem. And book reviews are something that you actually occasionally get paid for. Now that it's occurred to me, the idea of me writing book reviews just seems like such an obvious choice that I kind of can't believe I never thought of it before.

So in the interest of launching my potential career as a book reviewer (ha!) I decided to subscribe to Rain Taxi while I was the AWP conference last week. All they publish are reviews. (Actually now that I'm looking into this, I'm finding tons and tons of places, both online and in print, that publish book reviews--Rain Taxi happens to be solely devoted to it, though.) I'm glad I subscribed, this issue was an interesting read. They seem to go for more esoteric stuff than I personally like to read, but hey, now I know not to read certain of the books reviewed here. And there are a few books that sounded interesting that I now want to go look up. For example, there's a new collection of Seymour Krim's essays out, and I never even heard of him before, plus some new poetry books that sound interesting.

Anyway, reading these reviews, I can totally do this. I have one book (a book of poetry published last month) that I have chosen as my first book to review, and then we'll see if I can get it placed somewhere. Once I manage that, I'll try writing to Rain Taxi and a few other places to see if I can get on their reviewer list (some journals want you to get the book yourself, write a review, and send it to them, while others, like Rain Taxi, assign books or have you choose from a list). So we'll see how that goes. I'm looking forward to reading Rain Taxi all year either way.
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Picked this up at AWP on Rhett's recommendation that these folks are printing some good work. I would have to agree. It's a nice-looking little journal and well worth the $3 I spent on it. I'm definitely going to send them some poems.
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Another solid issue of Cave Wall. I think I'm all caught up now. Favorites in this issue:

William Greenway's "Twm Sion Cati's Cave"
John Hoppenthaler's "Oh, Danny Boy"
Bill Blackley's "A Time Piece" was truly excellent, really well done
Charles Harper Webb's "Open Mouthed" and "Termites in His Attic", also really excellent
I really liked all the James Harms poems--they weren't perfect, but they were really solid and interesting
Jennifer Grotz's "The Eldest", heartbreaking
I liked all three of Jacqueline Saphra's poems, and Dan Butterfass's poems too
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Some incredible work in this issue. I was really moved by Hailey Leithauser's poems written in the voice of the moon. Carrie Fountain's "The Groom" was great. I liked Sandra Beasley's "Another Failed Poem about the Greeks"--so creative (especially considering that I myself have written a failed poem about the Greeks, but hers is much much better). Diana Pinckney's mermaid poems are terrific, I should look her up. Rebecca McClanahan was good and so was Elizabeth Volpe (who was also in issue 8). I even really liked the woodcuts in this issue.

I left my copy on the bookshelf at the Maya Beach Hotel in Placencia, Belize.
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My favorites in this issue were Joe Wilkins (so good!), Kelly Cherry, and Elizabeth Volpe. Adam Tavel, Erika Meitner, and Brian D. Morrison all had heartbreaking childhood poems. Overall I continue to be impressed by the quality of the work Rhett's printing. It's really an amazing little journal. (Interestingly, pages 49-56 are printed twice in this issue.)

I left this issue on the bookshelf at Black Rock Lodge in Belize.
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I got a free subscription to The Sow's Ear Poetry Review with my chapbook contest submission--this is the first issue I've received. I really like it. I like the simple format: it's an 8.5 x 11 journal, with staples down the side. The poetry was solid and the sort of thing I like. Clearly I need to send them some of my work for a regular issue, not just the contest.
supercheesegirl: (poetry - it's crazy!)
I finished this issue of Cave Wall a few nights ago. It had been sitting by my bed for a while, but apparently I was only like two poems away from the end and I didn't realize. Anyway, good stuff in this issue. I was impressed by my former classmate Tom Christopher's work. I also liked Kathryn Stripling Byer's poems and Natasha Trethewey's poems. I've never read Sherman Alexie before but I was deeply impressed by his poem here, might have to go look him up. New finds for me in this issue were Martha Greenwald--her poem "The Lucille Ball Rose" was really fun--and Evan Beaty, whose two poems I really enjoyed.
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I've been working on this issue of Sentence FOREVER it seems like. But now I have read the whole thing except for the long feature essay in the middle about the prose poem in Italy. I am still getting to know the prose poem in the US, yo.

The specifics )

Overall, I liked the last issue of Sentence that I read (#4) better than this one. But it's still worthwhile reading.
supercheesegirl: (poetry - it's crazy!)
The new issue of Cave Wall is excellent! I was particularly impressed by the poems in the latter half of the issue: Sian Griffiths's poem "Proud Flesh" pretty much floored me, and I loved the poems by Jonathan Barrett, Michael McFee, and Christina Stoddard. (FYI, loving Christina's poems is in no way influenced by the fact that she will read this post--they are excellent poems, and now I truly can't wait to read her book.)

Overall, Cave Wall is still living up to the amazing potential it showed in the first few issues. Rhett Iseman Trull is doing a terrific job of editing and putting together this smart little journal, and she must be doing a good job at promoting it too, just based on the excellent work she's printed here. Highly recommended.


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