Reviews



Fall 2007

 

 


When Pop Gets Culture: A Review of Ripple Effect: New and Selected Poems

Ripple Effect: New and Selected Poems by Elaine Equi

Ripple Effect: New and Selected Poems by Elaine Equi

Coffee House Press 2007; 272 pages; $18
ISBN #978-156689-197-4 paper

http://coffeehousepress.org

by Larissa Shmailo

Anyone who knows Elaine Equi's work will not be surprised by the breadth of subject matter this "expansive minimalist" presents in this volume. Her poems are, after all, Zen koans for our time, and Equi covers it all, from "the Grecian urn/to Grecian formula 44" ("Voice Over"). Equi's work is where pop truly gets culture, understands it, loves it, buys it a drink, and takes it home at night.   Read Review

 


Laure-Anne Bosselaar's A New Hunger

Laure-Anne Bosselaar A New Hunger

Laure-Anne Bosselaar A New Hunger

Ausable Press, 2007; Paper; 88 pages; $16
ISBN 978-1-931337-32-8

http://www.ausablepress.org

by Melinda Thomsen

What struck me about this latest collection of Laure-Anne Bosselaar's was her inside-out way of observing the world and how it sustained —or should I say fed? — these poems in both language and form. As a fan of her The Hour between Wolf and Dog (1997) and Small Gods of Grief (2001), I was eager to get my hands on A New Hunger (2007), and when I opened it, I felt like I was back with an old friend.   Read Review


Kurt Brown's Future Ship Carries Heavy Cargo:
Stowaways Welcome

Kurt Brown's Future ShipKurt Brown's Future Ship

Red Hen Press 2007; Paper; 84 pages; $17.85
ISBN #978-1-59709-072-8

http://www.redhen.org/

by Marion Brown

As a teacher, Kurt Brown insists on clarity, which he stunningly delivers in his new book of poems, Future Ship...The blinking eye, like a camera shutter, brings back dead-end kids or an aunt the poet "hardly knew" who has died across country and "enters my head, lies with me an hour in the dark." Throughout, the camera eye captures unlooked-at faces and brings them home.  Read Review


Film:  Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman

Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman

Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman

Cast: Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Eddie Marsan
Direction: Adrian Shergold
Running Time: 90 minutes

by Martin Mitchell

Pierrepoint is a magnificent film — indeed, unless your psychological defenses are impregnable, you're likely to be a somewhat different person after you've seen it...  Read Review