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Spring 2018

INTERVIEWS:

The Paradox of Happiness: An Interview with Aminatta Forna
A lawyer and writer with both a Scottish and Sierra Leonean background, Forna is the author of a memoir and four acclaimed novels, including the recent Happiness which she discusses here.
Interviewed by Allan Vorda, with Nina Shanu and Jennifer Otalor

I’m Still Trying to Figure It Out: An Interview with Noah Falck
Poet, educator, curator, urbanist, and editor Falck discusses his poetry and commitment to his adopted poetry community in Buffalo, NY.
Interviewed by Aidan Ryan

FEATURES:

Four Irish Authors:
A Hagiography of Heaven and Vicinity by Michael Joyce
Joyride to Jupiter by Nuala O’Connor
Colours Other Than Blue by Anthony Glavin
Ferenji and Other Stories by Helena Mulkerns

These four books of prose and poetry by contemporary Irish authors shows the wide variety of talents and styles the Emerald Isle has produced lately. Reviewed by M. G. Stephens

POETRY REVIEWS:

Make Yourself Happy
Eleni Sikelianos
Eleni Sikelianos writes whimsically about how to "make ourselves happy" while sounding a strong cautionary note about the risks to the biosphere if we focus solely on our own well-being. Reviewed by Linda Lown-Klein

Commodore
Jacqueline Waters
Waters’s mesmerizing book demonstrates the difficulties of consistency in a world where we take balance and stability in our daily lives for granted. Reviewed by Greg Bem

The Aeneid
Virgil
Translated by David Ferry
Every new translation holds its mirror up to the original, so we might ask: by what features might a reader in English come to know Virgil in Ferry’s version? Reviewed by Anshuman Mody

Civil Twilight
Jeffrey Schultz
The title for Schultz’s National Poetry Series winning collection is spot-on; the book is obsessed with the ways in which our society obscures our ability to see clearly. Reviewed by J.G. McClure

Marvels of the Invisible
Jenny Molberg
In her first book, Jenny Molberg utilizes a scientific lens in poems that are both memoirs and detailed descriptions of life forces. Reviewed by George Longenecker

Never Made in America: Selected Poems of Martín Barea Mattos
Martín Barea Mattos
Translated by Mark Statman
For the first time, English readers can get to know the poems of visual artist and musician Martin Barea Mattos, a leading figure among contemporary poets in Uruguay. Reviewed by Eileen Murphy

NONFICTION REVIEWS:

Letters to His Neighbor
Marcel Proust
The latest discovery of letters Proust wrote to his upstairs neighbor during the composition of In Search of Lost Time will delight any Proustian. Reviewed by David Wiley

Perfect Wave: More Essays on Art and Democracy
Dave Hickey
While the essays in Perfect Wave largely maintain the pugnacity of Hickey's early works, it is also a book that departs from the zeal and optimism of his heyday. Reviewed by Sean Nam

Making Rent in Bed-Stuy: A Memoir of Trying to Make It in New York City
Brandon Harris
This memoir, presented in connected film and cultural writings, tells the story of the ambitions and frustrations of a young filmmaker in the decade after his college graduation. Reviewed by Joseph Houlihan

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