Love Verses Culture

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Miami University Press for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Patricia Grace King's debut novella Day of All Saints is a battle of the races. Brought together by love, but torn apart by culture, two lovers struggle to understand the distance between them. The story... Continue Reading →

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Family, Friends, Lovers, and Strangers

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Button Poetry for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  August is here, and so will Swallowtail by Brenna Twohy soon! This upcoming collection, due for release in October, is certainly a Button Poetry collection, yet it also includes Twohy's unique voice, touching stories, and sneaky... Continue Reading →

Letters, Soup, and Friendship

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Milkweed Editions for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Letters from Max is a collection of letters, dialogues, phone-calls, and poems sent between Max Ritvo and Sarah Ruhl chronicling their four year friendship. Ruhl first talks about meeting Ritvo when he attended her class at... Continue Reading →

Great Love, Great Loss

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Andrew McMeel Publishing for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I Wrote This for You: Just the Words by Iain S. Thomas is a 197-page collection of poetry on love, loss, and life. By now I've read and reviewed a few of Thomas's poetry collections,... Continue Reading →

Queer Eyes See Political Lies

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Button Poetry for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I was blown away by Lord of the Butterflies by Andrea Gibson. I’m mad I didn’t read this book sooner, and you should be too! This 96-page collection of poetry covers topics of gender while... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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