RAIN TAXI REVIEW OF BOOKS

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poetry feature

Chinese Poetic Writing by Francois Cheng
A Little Primer of Tu Fu by David Hawkes

Two recent reissues celebrating classic Chinese poetry will ignite intense admiration and unlock a rich toolbox for any working poet. Reviewed by Patrick James Dunagan

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nonfiction review

Tell Them I Said No

by Martin Herbert
This slim but forthright volume of essays provides a welcome glimpse into the impulse to resist the neo-liberalization of art in the interest of maintaining human dignity. Reviewed by Michael Workman

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fiction review

Since I Laid My Burden Down

by Brontez Purnell
Purnell’s unconventional novel is ultimately concerned with how one’s masculinity is shaped by the presence and absence of other masculinities. Reviewed by Greg Baldino

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poetry review

Historians of Redundant Moments

by Nandini Dhar
Dhar’s novel-in-verse is a brilliant conglomeration of most of the things that make us human. Reviewed by D.M. Aderibigbe

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nonfiction review

Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta

by Michael Copperman
This memoir on the difficulties and despair surrounding a young teacher’s attempt to enable positive change in a poor Mississipi school district is handled with deeply reflective and unflinching honesty. Reviewed by T. K. Dalton