Diamonds and Dirty Talk​

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Wave Books for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Hang on baby, this is a good one! I was blown away by of Chelsey Minnis's recent release Baby, I Don't Care. I sped through this 272-page collection of poetry with vigor--smirking at the sassy chaos. This... Continue Reading →

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What a Beautiful Death

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to the author for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Here Lies: Poems by Tom C. Hunley is a short collection of powerful poems where Hunley images his own death--envisioning many different scenarios. Using humor and simple language, he explores the importance of death and the insignificance of life.... Continue Reading →

Organic Nostalgia

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Button Poetry for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Lured by nostalgia quick wit, I fell head over heels for Phil Kayes newest release Date & Time. This is a book of self-exploration yet the personal details work to tickles the readers own nostalgia. Beginning... Continue Reading →

Ambiguously Opinionated Poetry

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Milkweed Editions for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  The Mirrormaker by Brian Laidlaw is an abstract collection of poetry accompanied by a companion album. Below is a review of exclusively Laidlaw's poetry from this collection, not his music. Focusing on different dimensions and... Continue Reading →

Love My Wilted Body

By Julia Cirignano Hunting Houses by Fanny Britt is an exploration of female insecurities, expectations, and obsessions. Using metaphors that her readers can reach out and tough, this story is emotional and enticing. From the outside, narrator Tessa is just a typical real estate broker with three beautiful boys and the perfect husband, yet Britt dives... Continue Reading →

Sweet and Sour Poetry

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Augury Books for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Alicia Rabins’ poetry is as refreshing as a ripe piece of watermelon. Befittingly, her upcoming release is titled Fruit Geode. This 71-page collection of poetry is sweet and sore and it dribbles down your... Continue Reading →

Join The Wolf Pack

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Screamin Skull Press for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Wow, I just discovered some extremely interesting writers through Howls from the Underground, a brand-new anthology from Screamin' Skull Press. I was already familiar with Tony and Nicole Nesca’s work, but I learned to... Continue Reading →

Honesty in the Unedited

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Milkweed Editions for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  There is honesty in the unedited crudeness of Max Ritvo's The Final Voicemails. Unfortunately, this book has gone unrevised since Ritvo passed before he could do so. Written from 2013 through 2016, The... Continue Reading →

Visual Phenomenon

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Milkweed Editions for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Enthrall yourself in Michael Bazzett's translation of the Mayan epic poem The Popol Vuh. This visual phenomenon resembles the Christian creation story in many aspects such as a woman eating fruit she is told not... Continue Reading →

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