This Week, I Read Annah Browning: Witch Doctrine

Image credit: Freestocks via Unsplash “I like to roost/in the minds of others,//like a blackbird/in the rafters of//a church,” the speaker says in Annah Browning’s collection of poems, Witch Doctrine says. “…I peer/into their ears and nuzzle//the small bones/of their sadness.” I love the world that these poems inhabit. It’s somewhere in the liminal space…

This Week, I Read Charlene Elsby: Hexis

Image Credit: Chaozzy Lin via Unsplash “I wanted to see him as he used to be, as the memory that still lived in the space, and I wanted to show him that I was better now, so much better. If he only knew me now instead of then he wouldn’t have, and I wouldn’t have…

This Week, I Read Elisabeth Horan’s Odd list Odd house Odd me

This week, I read Elisabeth Horan’s Odd list Odd house Odd me: Poems for Emily. These are not “after” poems, but rather a one-way correspondence from a poet to a kindred soul. There are references to Emily Dickinson’s work, but nothing that tries to be Dickinson. These are utterly from Horan’s own voice and perspective,…

This Week, I Read Bola Opaleke’s Skeleton Of A Ruined Song

Image Credit: Mike Labrum This week, I read Skeleton Of A Ruined Song, a collection of poems by Bola Opaleke. The poems in this book are well-crafted and eloquent pieces, which document the experience of living in violence, and seeking refuge in other countries. The voice is what really drives this collection. It’s like the…

This Week, I Read…Charles deLint’s The Wild Wood

This week, I read The Wild Wood, by fantasy author Charles deLint. I’ve recently been on a deLint kick, if you will. I have finally unpacked my books after being on the move for a year and a half, and found The Riddle of the Wren, which I read when I was in middle school,…

This Week, I Read…The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller

This book was was an impulse buy, and I totally thought that it would just be something that I’d read and move on from. You know—the kind of book that your Fifth Grade ELA teacher would call “Brain Candy.” But The Ghost and the Bogus Bookseller really surprised me. It’s about a crime-fighting duo—a quirky,…