Review: How Someone Else’s Poems Can Feel Like Your Own (On Patrick Rosal’s Boneshepherds)
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Review: How Someone Else’s Poems Can Feel Like Your Own (On Patrick Rosal’s Boneshepherds)

Via the Urchin Movement: An excerpt of the review by Geo Ong: “Many of the poems in Boneshepherds made me believe that I can write poetry. They give me hope, like I could’ve written these very poems, or that I could write stories just like these ones, because what they’ve told me, I somehow already knew. Rosal … Continue reading

Review: Gun Dealers’ Daughter by Gina Apostol
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Review: Gun Dealers’ Daughter by Gina Apostol

Via Pop Matters: Gina Apostol’s Gun Dealers’ Daughter is very much a mosaic. It’s a hazy fever-dream of a novel, a story in which the confusion of the narrator spills into the storyline itself, leaving the reader as disoriented as the protagonist. Given the serious thematic issues here, both political and personal, this confusion might be expected … Continue reading

Review: Boneshepherds by Patrick Rosal
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Review: Boneshepherds by Patrick Rosal

Via Muzzle Magazine: Boneshepherds by Patrick Rosal A Review by Jacob Victorine, Book Reviewer I’ve rarely come to a collection of poetry with more expectations than in the case of Patrick Rosal’s Boneshepherds. I had read his two previous collections, My American Kundiman (2006) and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (2003), and felt akin to this writer who so gracefully straddles … Continue reading

Review: Lysley Tenorio’s Monstress
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Review: Lysley Tenorio’s Monstress

Via the Rumpus: Lysley Tenorio’s linked short story collection, Monstress, organically ties together stories of the misfits and outcasts of both the Philippines and Southern California. The eight stories that comprise Monstress, the very-good-verging-on-excellent debut collection from San Francisco’s Lysley Tenorio, aren’t connected in the usual ways readers have been trained to expect. There are … Continue reading

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Review: Barbara Jane Reyes, DIWATA

From Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century: Barbara Jane Reyes is busy (re-)creating a culture. In Diwata, she dreamweaves what is and isn’t remembered through prose and line broken poems. Her third collection explores metamorphosis amid two cultures and tongues. […] Reyes is a storyteller. Her motifs are intricately woven and the arc is unmistakable. Half … Continue reading