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 →

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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 →

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 →

Backwards Apocalypse​

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Miami University Press for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Tara Deal delivers her first published novella That Night Alive with an abstract vision. Told in reverse chronological order, she tells an intimate, post-apocalyptic story. In terms of content, I was intrigued by the story and the... Continue Reading →

Fat Girl Sex

By Julia Cirignano You may have seen her flaunting her body and rejoicing in her okay-ness in several Button Poetry videos, and now you get the full scoop on Rachel Wiley's first collection of poetry titled Nothing is Okay. Within this collection, Wiley confronts difficult topics such as gender, race, sexuality, and body image, yet her poetry... Continue Reading →

“Order and Disorder Coexisting”

By Julia Cirignano Thank you to Miami University Press for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Enter into the chaos of Alissa Quart's fifth release, Monetized, a delightful collection of poetry. With casual language and mixed humor, she touches upon tough subjects in society today as well as intimate moments of... Continue Reading →

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