Issue 27 Reviews
Bianca Stone, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows
Reviewed by Abigail Ashford-Grooms
IN BIANCA STONE’S debut collection, readers will delight in the meditations of an earnest voice exploring the range of that which "feels/detrimental and complicated and forever stimulating." The power of Stone’s musings arises from the sudden shifts between lighthearted observations and honest, elemental yearnings.
Chloe Honum, The Tulip-Flame
Reviewed by Daniel Barton
A DEEPLY MOVING and powerful first book, Chloe Honum’s The Tulip-Flame captivates its audience with the tour de force energy of a prima ballerina. Each image, each line is expertly choreographed, evoking a strong undercurrent of feeling and a complete immersion in the music that carries throughout each of the book’s four sections. Honum exercises a command of form with an organic, personal voice that interweaves images of music and dancing with a lush natural world full of vitality.
Marjory Wentworth, New and Selected Poems
Reviewed by Dorothy Lawrenson
MARJORY WENTWORTH’S FIRST collection, Noticing Eden, was published in 2003, the year in which she was appointed poet laureate to the state of South Carolina. Selections from her first book, from 2007’s Despite Gravity, and from 2010’s The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle are joined in this anthology by thirty-four new poems. In addition to her duties as laureate, Wentworth teaches creative writing and has worked with patients and families affected by cancer and with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.
Ethel Rohan, Goodnight Nobody
Reviewed by Amanda Scott
AS WRITERS, we all have our little dictums. One of my favorites comes from Emerson’s "Self-Reliance": "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." Familiar and memorable, it is the type of quote that stays with you—just like the work of Ethel Rohan. To her credit, Rohan is no mere statesman, philosopher, or divine, and her mind is certainly not little, as evidenced in her newest short story collection, Goodnight Nobody.