ARCHIVE OF BOOKS RECEIVED
BUT NOT REVIEWED AND SHORT CUTS
100 JOLTS: shockingly short stories
by Michael A. Arnzen
A fascinating compendium of twisted, surreal, and horror-laden shorts (mostly
ultra-flash), Arnzen’s 100 JOLTS is mad and worthwhile—though just a
hair too steeped in the horror genre for us to review fully and/or
comfortably. (We are not in a rush to reinforce that popular misconception about
ALR and the meaning of “surreal.”)
Are You Ever Going to be Thin? (and other
by Jennifer Semple Siegel
Fine, though it did not produce any rich and creamy lather (but then that’s
by John Beowulf
Grad students, microbiology, super-viruses. Beowulf shows promise.
Epiphanies on the Promenade: Selected Poems
by Robert Prochaska
Solid and successful American free verse. Prochaska alternates between spare
and orgiastic language to significant effect.
by Kenji Siratori
Occasionally interesting at the sentence level (mostly in the areas of
surreal rhythm and image), this self-styled “cyberpunk classic” is at
its core a semantic wasteland. Authors who eschew meaning casually or
intentionally do so at their own risk (and most often to the reader’s
Music of a Proto-Suicide
by Catherynne M. Valente
Valente’s poetry gleams and churns in this slim chapbook. Intense, visceral,
bursting with image.
O, Vozque Pulp
by Carlos M. Luis and Derek White
An abstractly illustrated series of disconnected narratives (flash fiction
and prose poetry). The marriage of Luis’s line and wash images with White’s
meandering words generates interest of a random and pastiche sort.
by Nicholas Mistretta
Well-written and interesting but too much a travelogue for us to review at
The Baltimore Years
by J. Tyler Blue
Ring of Fire and other stories
by Tanyo Ravicz
Readable story collection, but abysmally designed.
Lion of the Balkans
by Vladimir Chernozemsky
Mehetebelly’s Flesh Hell, an audionovel (CD
by Kirsten Imani Kasai
We do not review CDs or electronic media of any kind. Looks tough though.
A Dirge for the Temporal
We don’t review horror.
by Catherynne M. Valente
Extended work of prose poetry in essence. Often brilliant but too
relentlessly obscure and personal to succeed as long form prose. Extremely palatable
when approached a few pages at a time. If Valente ever manages to calm down a bit, she
might turn out to be a historically great prose writer.
poems by Jonathan Penton
Some nice work, but a bit uneven.
In Time to Tango
by Arden Tice and Nichols Sands
The Vietnam-Era material works best in this poetry collection; the rest is
hit and miss. Three knuckle raps for horrible text design.
by Pat Lawrence
The Human War
by Noah Cicero
Noah Cicero shows some promise as a plain-speech grunt Zen poet (his
statement of the obvious is quite unique in its forthrightness), but this
novella/story collection was a bit cliché in its angst.
Going to Dolpo
by Timothy Doyle
Nicely put together but too travelogue-y for us to review.
by Richard Laskowski
Now and Again:
The Ecstatic Doggerel of Samuel Beast
Interesting artwork, and both prose and poetry seem to show a
hint of profundity, but the doggerel undercurrent is too irritating to bear.
by J. Todd Wilson
Another victim of Publish America’s ridiculous vanity business plan. At $24.95
softcover, why bother?
Turkey Beggar Baste Mechanism/Trapezoidal Juggernaut: a chapbook
The Judgment of Christ
by James Joseph Cook
Contains some interesting writing, but it’s difficult (probably
impossible) to employ characters like Lucifer, Azazel, Christ and Muhammed in
anything but satire and not come off as overly broad and self-righteous. Such
tales of moral conflict are better pitched with subtlety and
Blood Oranges a chapbook
by Amanda Charlotte
Short imagistic poetry. Nice and sensuous.
Just So’s You Know,
a Univ. of Ottawa Anthology
Promising poems, though a bit terse for our tastes.
A Continent Adrift
by Vladimir Chernonzemsky