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Reviewed by Cindy Hochman from Skullwise Cat (page 69)
Julia Stein from Rain Taxi reviewed Amy Uyematsu's BASIC VOCABULARY!
In Shelf Awareness' review of t'ai freedom ford's HOW TO GET OVER, they herald the debut effort of the poet as an experience rarely accessed by readers - one that might inspire the reader to start dancing. "To read t'ai freedom ford's how to get over is to wish to see it performed live. Laden with internal rhymes and cascading images, it could chart on the radio if a drum track were added. This debut, however, is anything but disposable pop. Half of the poems are a fierce reckoning with the systemic injustices of the past, while the other half are a sweaty insistence on embracing the potential of the present. . . . Tuned in and turned on, how to get over is a summons not to be missed."
Copperfield's Books' review of Elise Paschen's THE NIGHTLIFE offered glowing praise of her ability to stick with the classic forms of poetry. They argue that “while most contemporary poets seem to have done away with formal constraints altogether, others still push boundaries, creating meta-textual pieces on how one reads, or making the words' placement on the page act out the poem's meaning. Chicago poet Elise Paschen does both in THE NIGHTLIFE.” They also commend Paschen for her ability to "beautifully straddle the line between dreams and waking."
Mom Egg Review gives Ellen Meeropol's latest offering, KINSHIP OF CLOVER, a stellar evaluation, stating that "Meeropol is at her best when her characters articulate their felt experience of losing hold on reality." They go on to praise Meeropol for her winding narrative and character development, applauding her use of simile when describing the mother Flo's oncoming dementia.
“ford’s evocative poems traverse time, gender, ancestry, and love. Each slender poem cuts with precision, packing a tremendous amount of power into a slim volume.”
"Like Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen,” ford elevates pain into introspective art, carefully connecting the dots between what it means to be black and what it means to be free. how to get over rejoices in the space where both are possible."
Booklist reviewed Elise Paschen's THE NIGHTLIFE in their May 15, 2017 issue! They praise the collection saying, "[Paschen] achieves breathtaking perfection of craft and form. . . . As these poised, elegant, wry, and knowing poems crisply unlock and gracefully unfurl, they reveal fresh perceptions at every turn."
From this she carved her own redemption through poetry and, along the way, influenced not only other poets in Los Angeles but also people who did not know they enjoyed poetry.
Elise Paschen's THE NIGHTLIFE received glowing praise from F Newsmagazine's Natasha Mijares. Take a look at what Mijares has to say and then check out Elise's amazing collection!
Ellen Meeropol sits down with Womens Magazine to discuss her newest novel, mental health and climate change. Listen to her brilliant interview here!
Poetry Northwest features Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s Water & Salt in their new series, Appreciations! Read it here!
A Foreword Reviews LGBTQ+ Spotlight issue features our very own Gabriel Jesiolowski!
"how to get over is an instruction manual for the hopeless navigating uncomfortable personal spaces where the need to transform begins."
Jesiolowski has a fine grasp of craft and emotion.
Startling and successful; for most readers.
"Her poetry is always translating something—experiences, cultures, memories—for someone else."
"Tuffaha’s poems are required reading material for any Arab-American literature list, and for all Americans whose knowledge of the Middle East ends at what the media reports."
Congratulations to Siel Ju on this amazing interview with Fiction Writers Review!