"I'm afraid one day I won't be able to remember her face at all. Or even worse, the face I remember won't be hers."
Following the loss of her father to cancer, Muriel Leung grapples with the labours we inherit, and myths we create. This is a nebulous collection forging the many futures despite the viscosity of grief.
"Good artists copy, great artists steal." - Charles M. Schulz
In a sonnet, the 'volta' is the turn of thought or agreement. That is the demand, change is not a singular moment, but a permanent revolution. "I didn't ask for money / I meant to ask for a different / set of relations ....... but I work / I will have to remind them / as if to prove aliveness / to outshine my debt's reputation"
Saturated with references, Mature Themes is a time-capsule of 2014: pre-tumblr's demise and post Huricane Sandy. Reading this text in a voyueristic sense, filled with pop-culture analysis and a creeping pesimism. In doing research on this poet, I found that Frank Ocean apparently contacted Durbin personally after he read Mature Themes in order for him to write a poem for Ocean's 'Boys Don't Cry' publication.
Finally getting around to this collection of short stories that was Kelsey's Staff Pick when I first started here & enjoyed it very much! Yukiko Motoya seamslessly constructs her own waterslide of fiction and laughs while riding down with her inflatable doughnut. These stories are just the right amount of absurdity to provide temporary respite while on the Gold Line.
An layered exploration of the many margins of familial history.
This collection, translated by Anne Boyer and Cassandra Gillig, is a moving introductin to Vestrini's militant resistance. Her poetry is honest and vulnerable, but pointed enough to spark a blaze.
Navigating being a grad student is already so taxing, but with the suicide of a friend, it becomes unimaginable. Anelise Chen's book is a beautifully moving combination of memoir and sports theory. I've never gasped so much while reading a book. I've never been so intrigued by sports.
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Kathryn Scanlan's The Dominant Animal is a hushed and beautifully refined collection of short stories. These vignettes, often only two pages long, are simultaneously camling and unsettling.