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

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.

Sarah Rosenthal’s “Lizard” Reviewed By Nicholas Leaskou

"Can a lizard’s thermoregulation be compared to the female human cycle? And is the reptilian parietal eye comparable to the human psychic third eye? By the end of Lizard, readers might feel at one with this fragile, resilient and adaptable survivor."

“Political Punch” reviewed by Michael T. Young

Michael T. Young reviews Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity, edited by Fox Frazier-Foley & Erin Elizabeth Smith (Sundress Publications, 2016): “A collection that speaks to our culture and time, and will only become more relevant as the next few years unfold.”

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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...."

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."