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Sunlit Imagery, Heartfelt Lament: Two Chapbooks by William Heath

Reviewed by David Salner William Heath’s distinguished writing career includes scholarly books plus crime and historical novels. With these two new chapterbooks Heath shows us what he can do as a poet, from sunlit imagery to heartfelt lament. The reader would expect a mastery of setting in a volume titled Leaving Seville. But Heath’s lines… Continue reading Sunlit Imagery, Heartfelt Lament: Two Chapbooks by William Heath

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The Soft Path by Joshua Harmon

Reviewed by Katy Scrogin The atmosphere of Joshua Harmon’s The Soft Path is heavy, hanging over a still-living landscape holding out against mechanical incursions and cheap plastics, sagging infrastructures and colonizing data streams. This three-part study stares hard at what we have become and continue to turn into, what we allow ourselves to inflict on… Continue reading The Soft Path by Joshua Harmon

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Letters from Max by Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo

Reviewed by Melissa Gaiti Where does a person turn when facing stress, grief, or pain? In Letters from Max, we witness connection through writings between Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo as their relationship evolves from professor and student to friends. Just as the title suggests, letters are used to tell the narrative and take readers… Continue reading Letters from Max by Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo

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Sun & Moon by Michel Weatherall

Reviewed by Mark Antony Rossi The trip of transcendence reaches its zenith when demolishing a stereotype and replacing old tropes with new insight. Weatherall’s poetry collection Sun & Moon is a candid examination of one’s fears and fragilities magnified by a cancer diagnosis of a loved one. How perceptions in such circumstances change and often… Continue reading Sun & Moon by Michel Weatherall

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The Silent G by Arpine Konyalian Grenier’s

Reviewed by Rich Murphy The Silent G, Arpine Konyalian Grenier’s fifth collection of poetry was published by Corrupt Press of Luxembourg. The collection involves the reader as though we were sitting around a séance table taking part in calling forth victims of violent historical moments. That kind of engagement with the reader is what poets… Continue reading The Silent G by Arpine Konyalian Grenier’s

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Blogs and Books You’ll Want to Put on Your Reading List!

We asked on Twitter for blogs and books to read and had a wonderful response. All of these authors have worked hard to publish articles, short stories, and books. We're happy for all of them and their success. Want to know what all the buzz is about? Then you'll want to check out these blogs… Continue reading Blogs and Books You’ll Want to Put on Your Reading List!

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The Sad Girl’s Declassified Heartbreak Survival Guide by Gigi Bella

Reviewed by A. Lawler One of the early nights in June, I dropped by a poetry event at a local bar here in Albuquerque. Gigi Bella was the night’s featured poet. Several writers had already tried their work at the mic, to varying levels of enthusiasm from the audience. By the time Gigi made her… Continue reading The Sad Girl’s Declassified Heartbreak Survival Guide by Gigi Bella

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Let’s Chat with Author C.B. Anderson

Book Smuggler Den contributor, Carol Smallwood had the chance to speak with C.B. Anderson about his new book available on Amazon. Smallwood is a literary reader, judge, and interviewer who recently published a poetry collection Patterns: Moments in Time. Let's see what Anderson had to say about being a writer and his new book! Smallwood: Joseph… Continue reading Let’s Chat with Author C.B. Anderson

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Patterns: Moments in Time by Carol Smallwood

Reviewed by Alex Phuong One of the most interesting features of life is patterns that exist all around the world. Clever designs prepend artistic merit to an otherwise mundane life. After all, life without vivacity is oftentimes monotonous. Patterns help people connect with one another because of the universal and fundamental fact that everything is… Continue reading Patterns: Moments in Time by Carol Smallwood