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New Review of THE BEAUTIFUL WISHES OF UGLY MEN

Adam Prince’s debut short story collection, THE BEAUTIFUL WISHES OF UGLY MEN, is already garnering rave reviews: Chapter 16 writes that “The prosaic lives of the men in this collection vibrate in ironic tension with the skilled literary observation that Prince brings to bear in portraying them. He creates messages that are neither merely profane, nor removed and academic. In the end, his men are believable, fallible humans who, no matter how low they fall, reveal an ennobling dignity.” Trust us, you’ll love this collection! Click here to read the entire review, and here to buy a copy (if you act soon, you’ll get it for just $10 during our May sale!).

THE OLDEST HANDS IN THE WORLD: “A fascinating book of poetry”

Quill & Parchment reviewed Daniele Pantano’s new book of poems, The Oldest Hands in the World, and raves “Daniele Pantano is a poet whose voice speaks across continents. He can speak with the soft light of a field in the Mezzogiorno as well as the glare of a city street. He does not shy away from the darker side of reality and focuses on the effects of an older world on the people who live in it.” Read the entire review here, and buy your copy here.

Devil’s Lake loves ‘In the Carnival of Breathing’

The latest issue of Devil’s Lake reviews Lisa Fay Coutley’s poetry collection In the Carnival of Breathing, and raves “Nearly all of her poems crackle with assonance and internal rhyme, and she’s a crack shot at crafting lines you wish you had written. Whether it’s her unexpected imagery (“My lake / learned early to rest the needle without a scratch”), her enviable skill at making profanity sonically beautiful (“his boots resoled & restitched. But fuck it”), or her control of the line (“And so it begins, with a slap on the ass”), there’s much to admire in this collection.” We agree! Read the entire review here, and buy your copy of In the Carnival of Breathing here.

Anis Shivani writes with “transgressive intellect”

Anis Shivani’s short story collection Anatolia and Other Stories was reviewed in the new issue of The Antioch Review, and earned high praise: “These are big, complicated, noncompliant stories. Shivani zips the reader around the globe (and through time) in these pages, aiming straight for the dangerous intersections of myriad cultures. Yet the most striking–most foreign–aspect of the work is the challenge it poses to popular, palatable, and perhaps unexamined beliefs; its unwillingness to reinforce what we think we know about justice, morality, and power.” Read the entire review in the latest print edition of Antioch, and buy your copy of this exceptional collection here.

Michael Hemmingson’s stories are “thoughtful” and “stylish”

Check out a new review in Neon of Michael Hemmingson’s short story collection, Pictures of Houses with Water Damage: “This is a stylish collection of domestic disharmony where each story makes its mark, but the combined collection leaves greater evidence of sustained human damage than the individually damaged lives it describes.” Read the entire review here, and buy your copy here.

“SPEECH ACTS Radiates Fine Writing”

We’re happy to share that Grady Harp gives Laura McCullough’s “naughty” poetry collection, Speech Acts, five stars. He writes:

“It is difficult to find a poet as smart and as sensible and as gifted as Laura McCullough to have the energy and the daring to explore the words that act as intercourse between the reader and the writer. SPEECH ACTS radiates fine writing – as we have all come to expect from McCullough (‘Panic’, ‘Women And Other Hostages’, etc) – but is a collection of works that goes beyond where she has been before. As one person put it ‘Located in the nexus of mind and body, the poems in SPEECH ACTS use language as a weapon, a tool, a sex toy, a map, a love letter and argue with alternate provocation and tenderness that language is the sexiest and most intimate mode of intercourse that humans have’. I like that description. It is as though she wrote it herself, but surely she didn’t because she is far to busy searching out those places and words where she can surprise us with her fecund imagination.” Read the rest here. And buy your copy here.

Neon Reviews The Oldest Hands in the World

Daniele Pantano’s collection of poetry, The Oldest Hands in the World, gets some love in the new issue of Neon: “Pantano has crafted in this anthology a patchwork of perspectives from various vantage points along the way, but maintains through all of these stages a narrative that his reader can’t help but be drawn into, engage with and long to follow, until, in his own words: “its descrescendo to the coda’s final note“.

Tina Egnoski is a “fine storyteller”

NewPages has published a great new review of Tina Egnoski’s Perishables, winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition: “The title story brings together all of the author’s strengths: dynamic, smartly-paced prose; original voices; an authentic sensibility; emotional restraint coupled with emotional intensity; and a sense of immediacy.”

Hardy Jones’ Every Bitter Thing: “Enthusiastically Recommended”

Hardy Jones’ fantastic novel, Every Bitter Thing, was recently praised by Wisconsin Bookwatch: “A story of abuse and what it drives people to, Every Bitter Thing is a touching read and has a strong message. Enthusiastically recommended.”

Matsuda and an ‘Alchemy of the Soul’

BLP poet Lawrence Matsuda, whose collection A Cold Wind From Idaho tells the story of his incarcerated youth in a Japanese internment camp, read in Seattle recently, and his poems were hailed as “challenging and inspirational” by local poet and teacher Tess Gallagher.