Issue 24 Reviews
Luis De Lión, Time Commences in Xibalbá
Reviewed by Angela Hemmeter
Open Time Commences in Xibalbá. Observe that the first four chapters are sentence fragments beginning with em dashes, which appear to be interrupted thoughts. If read together, they seem to form a poem. Notice the last chapter is the Prologue—as if the story is told backwards. Perhaps there’s another sequence that must be deciphered. At this point, you realize, even before you turn to the first page, that what you’re about to read isn’t a traditional narrative.
Jack Myers, The Memory of Water
Reviewed by Amanda North
FOR FORTY-TWO PAGES, I struggled with understanding a dying man's poetry. How could I relate to the truth that flashes before a man as he watches days grow shorter and comes to accept tomorrow's end? I felt lost in the poet's grandiose meditations present in his life’s final stanzas—moments of clarity that take hold of people as they face an inevitable demise: "No, death deserves something special. After all / it's bigger than a birthday."
Heather Aimee O’Neill, Memory Future
Reviewed by Jessica Martin
Memory Future features poems that explore love and loss on the modern world’s terms. They show the inexperienced reader a glimpse into heartbreak while also welcoming readers who’ve already had their heart trampled with a yeah-I’ve-been-there kind of head nod.
Erika Rae, Devangelical
Reviewed by Jane Hawley
It’s the eighties and worldly temptations are threatening to destroy the best of America’s young Evangelicals. Madonna songs are turning girls into sluts, rock bands are hiding satanic messages inside their albums, and taking place throughout the country is the most insidious of high school rituals—the prom.
Jay Shearer, The Pulpit vs. The Hole
Reviewed by Daniel Szymczak
Cram a bunch of teenagers into six cabins at a church camp and what do you get? Shenanigans. Jay Shearer’s The Pulpit vs. The Hole pits a handful of misfit rebel teenagers at eastern Pennsylvania’s Abednego Mennonite summer camp against the camp’s counselors, director, and the lads with “soccer boy haircuts” from Cabin One.