The Magic of Depression

By Julia Cirignano I have seen the cover for Depression and Other Magic Tricks circulating around the web  for a while now, and decided to give this pale covered book a shot. Written by Sabrina Benaim, this 70-page collection of poetry covers the topic of mental health, focusing on depression, loneliness, and the notion of... Continue Reading →

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An Unusual Love Affair

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Ugly Duckling Presse for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Can love exist without passion? Is this maybe the most fruitful kind of love? Laura Riding asks these questions in her novel Convalescent Conversations, featuring a dialogue based story about two sick patients who fall in... Continue Reading →

“Lonely Failings”

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Milkweed Editions for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Another Last Day by Alex Lemon is a dream-like apocalypse. Dazed and confused, Lemon takes us through a dark turn of events. Despite the innocent, nostalgia-like cover, this abstract collection confused me with its dark, dream-like... Continue Reading →

Put her on a Pedestal and Watch Her Fall

By Julia Cirignano Unlock the love and loss in Neal Sehgal's heartbreaking new release Elegy for a Butterfly. Unlike his other books, Sehgal focuses on one topic within the poetry and the images in this collection. This book is packed to the brim with love poems; as promised by the title. The imagines are also consistent, showing... Continue Reading →

Boyhood Shenanigans

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to the Milkweed Editions for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Immerse yourself in the authentic childhood recollections of John McCarthy in his newest release Scared Violent Like Horses: Poems.  McCarthy talks about the violence, pain, and confusion he experienced growing up on the North End... Continue Reading →

Love and Dysfunction​

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to the Andrews McMeel Publishing for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  This was my second time reading I Wrote This For You by Iain S. Thomas, and this new edition re-confirmed my feelings. While there are some poems that simply wash over you, others will stop... Continue Reading →

Broad City Star Goes Solo

By Julia Cirignano If you love the critically acclaimed hit tv show Broad City, then you will love staring actress and co-creator Abbi Jacobson’s third published book, I Might Regret This: essays, drawings, vulnerabilities, and other stuff. This spectacular confusion of feelings, stories, and images takes us through a road trip with Jacobson, exploring the United... Continue Reading →

The Disappearing Act

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to the author for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Close your eyes and evaporate into Claudia Reder's third release How to Disappear. Throughout this collection, Reder tells the narrative of her family as well as her own story. She starts by talking about her relationship... Continue Reading →

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