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The Unwritten: The Deluxe Edition Book One by Mike Carey - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781401265434
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Published: Vertigo - December 20th, 2016

Tom Taylor’s father wrote a Harry Potter-like fantasy series about him when he was a child, instilling in him a deep knowledge of literature and making him a begrudging literary celebrity. When a secret cabal with historic roots begins to disrupt and threaten Tom and his friends’ lives, he discovers that the lines between his fictional past and the world around him start to blur. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780553385052
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Published: Bantam - June 26th, 2007

Ephron uses the same caustic wit that made her screenplay When Harry Met Sally sparkle in this collection of previously published magazine articles. Whether she’s painting a portrait of eccentric Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, needling controversial author Ayn Rand, or peeling back the curtain on the infamously messy filming of Catch-22, Ephron’s bark easily matches her bite. I learned more about how to write compelling, entertaining journalism from this book than from any class I took. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Mindfield: New and Selected Poems by Gregory Corso - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781560252016
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Published: Da Capo Press - December 30th, 1998

Corso wrote like a madman. As the youngest member of the inner circle of the Beats, Ginsberg described him as “a poet’s Poet.” This collection samples noteworthy chunks from his entire poetic oeuvre. Eclectic, rambunctious, and lots of fun! ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Dream Songs: Poems by John Berryman - Book Review

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By John Berryman, Daniel Swift (Editor), Michael Hofmann (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780374534554
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 21st, 2014

Berryman invented his own poetic form with semi-specific rules: each Dream Song consists of three stanzas, six lines each, with irregular rhyme schemes and a short closing line. Henry, the collection’s fictional narrator, perpetually despondent and grieving some unstated loss, seems to have split himself down the middle: He sometimes switches between first and third person narration within the span of a single poem, and the only other character refers to Henry as “Mr. Bones.” Heavy and mesmerizing. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007 by Albert Goldbarth - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781555975265
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 27th, 2009

If Walt Whitman were an adjunct science professor minoring in history, he might have written poetry like Albert Goldbarth. Connecting elements of astronomy to domesticity, paleontology to romance, zoology to spiritual anguish, botany to the loneliness of existence, Goldbarth zooms in and out from the quantum to the telescopic, the prehistoric to the present, and back again. Currently my favorite poet! ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


, said the shotgun to the head. by Saul Williams - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780743470797
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Published: MTV Books - September 2003

A ticking time bomb of a poem in eleven parts, this book held my attention from the opening lines. Simultaneously scatterbrained and intensely focused, he confronts war, religion, patriarchy, gun violence, and his own emotional depths. Saul Williams’ hip hop and spoken word backgrounds strongly inform his verse, with playful font choices that echo the inflections of voice. You can almost hear the words on the page. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


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