The Literary Review loves Laura McCullough’s ‘Speech Acts’

In the new issue of The Literary Review, Ryan Romine investigates how Laura McCullough’s poetry is a deft analysis of gender roles and sexuality. He writes, “As a man, maybe I’m uncomfortable with McCullough’s counter-narrative, with this conventional image of power being turned on its head so many times. Maybe I’m realizing for the first time how emotionally empty the historical posure of the male-as-dominant sexual partner is. Maybe McCullough’s talent for radically fitting a new gender narrative around fellatio causes me confused anxiety generally as a male reader…” The entire review is really smart and thoughtful, and is included in the print Spring 2011 issue of TLR. And since you’re no doubt intrigued, you can buy a copy of this “dizzying” collection here.

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