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  • Ramadan in Summer by Bruce Parker, reviewed by Melody Wilson
    Finishing Line Press, 2021, 42 pages $14.99 ISBN  978-1646627240 Available at Amazon Bruce Parker’s Ramadan in Summer transports us to physical and emotional places with spare authenticity. The first example is in the title poem, “Ramadan in Summer,” when the speaker watches a worker listlessly picking things up and putting them down on the fourth floor of an unfinished apartment … Read more
  • Small Matters Mean the World by David Memmott
    reviewed by George Vennredbat books, 2022, 73 pages, $16ISBN 978-1-946970-08-4Available at, Ingram,,, To appreciate David Memmott’s achievement in Small Matters Mean the World (2022), readers might start with the front cover. Memmott’s colorful digital collage suggests a kaleidoscope preparing the reader to celebrate and explore the magic of natural, organic, and … Read more
  • The ground at my feet: Sustaining a family and a forest
    by Ann Stinson Reviewed by Melody Wilson Oregon State University Press, 2021, 144 pages, $21.95 ISBN-13978-0870711466 Available at Annie Bloom’s and Broadway Books When I say I love a book, maybe I mean it meets my expectations or it’s better than other books I’ve read. Maybe I mean I learned a lot without working too … Read more
  • SMALL FEATHER by Jade Rosina McCutcheon, reviewed by John Van Dreal
    Finishing Line Press, 2020, 40 pages, $14.99ISBN: ‎ 1646622901Available at The cover of Jade Rosina McCutcheon’s chapbook immediately caught my eye. Within a kaleidoscope of doodled line and color, a thought bubble speaking for the soul of the work declares, I AM Still Here. Within a few hours, I was at the book’s end, where … Read more
  • This is the Lightness by Rachel Barton, reviewed by Louise Barden
    The Poetry Box, 2022, 87 pages, $18.00ISBN: 978-1-956285-17-8Available at The Poetry Box and Amazon In This is the Lightness,her new collection from The Poetry Box,Rachel Barton takes us on a spiritual and imaginative journey, starting with her narrator’s youthful sense of a universe so small…I wonder it should matter at all  (“Sometimes My Universe”) through … Read more
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