Kim Fu’s 21st-Century Bestiary
Fu paints us pictures of the monsters that loom in the distance of our 21st-century lives that are at times both abstract and clear as day.
Modernized Folklore: Blending the Natural, Spiritual, and Technological in A Snake Falls to Earth
A Snake Falls to Earth acts as a cautionary tale, warning readers of our potential to either intentionally or inadvertently eradicate entire species and cultures, but also offers hope for our ability to reverse the effects of such dramatic devastation.
Escaping Through the Cracks and Crackles: On Cynthia Cruz’s Melancholia of Class
Cruz makes clear the dire need to claim one’s place in class struggle and to work towards a communal negation that counteracts the assimilation to a culture that attempts to sweep so many under the rug of its system.
The Last Cuentista: The Lifesaving Art of Storytelling
Some cuentos are downright terrifying, but by the end of this cuento, Higuera will have her readers believing in the mystifying and healing powers of storytelling.
Joy Williams and the Functional Apocalypse
The youth of the novel—much like the youth of our world—are tasked not with dying in an apocalypse, but with living in one.
Filling in the Blanks of Jane Wong’s How to Not Be Afraid of Everything
[Wong] efficiently contrasts stillness and the movement of time as a parallel to the speaker’s telescope: all of the events of the past have led to slush she can carry—this messy identity.
How to Be a Woman and a Mother in America: Kendra DeColo’s I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World
Kendra DeColo declares inspiring acts of femininity, motherhood, and sexuality while making it a point to showcase how these things become complicated within the archetypal standards of womanhood and misogyny in America.
Conjuring the Dead, but Make it Poetry: A Review of Dreaming of You by Melissa Lozada-Oliva
The constant change of poetic form, voice, and content drives Dreaming of You forward through the dark world created by Melissa Lozada-Oliva.