Book Reviews | Tarpaulin Sky Magazine

TELLING YOU WHAT TO THINK SINCE 2003 | IMAGE: NOAH SATERSTROM

Book Reviews | Tarpaulin Sky Magazine

TELLING YOU WHAT TO THINK SINCE 2003 | IMAGE: NOAH SATERSTROM

Katie Jean Shinkle’s “Ruination,” reviewed by Meghan Lamb

"Condensing a war, an outbreak, an apocalyptic flourishing of the sky, and a girl’s coming of age evolution into the length of a novella....Leaving us in a state of exploded-open Ruination, Shinkle slyly invites us to pick up the pieces, to reassemble ourselves anew."

Marty Cain’s “Kids of the Black Hole” reviewed by Evan Gray

"[H]ybrid coat of feathers and fur ... bathed in punk rock, metal, old skate ramps, and the gym shower, as well as the toxic landscape of memory that is both lichen-drenched and cut with light. Night terrors shimmer off the page with each long line, each breath, each shift in the wet dirt." -- Evan Gray on Kids of the Black Hole by Marty Cain.

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Brandon Brown’s “The Four Seasons” Reviewed by Chris Tysh

"Captivates with its joie de vivre ... hinges on a carnivalesque lens through which the poet filters the body and its boundless passions. The corporeal enters the poem like a string quartet: bladder, teeth, asshole, knees, all playing their minor fugues, erotic and elemental...."