Reviews

 
 

REVIEW OF OSCAR OF BETWEEN: A MEMOIR OF IDENTITY AND IDEAS BY BETSY WARLAND

In her memoir, Oscar of Between, Betsy Warland shares her experience of living between categories of gender, sexuality, and culture. As someone who lived for years in “between,” Oscar, the author’s fictive name, understands the vulnerability and loneliness of those who live on the edges of society, who do not conform to traditional social constructs.  

 

THE ACT OF REACHING: HOA NGUYEN’S VIOLET ENERGY INGOTS

Nguyen’s new collection Violet Energy Ingots is out this week from Wave Books and the act of reaching seems an apt way to describe the collection, both in terms of Nguyen’s project and what it demands of its reader.

 
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REVIEW OF LAUNDRY LINES BY ANN ELIZABETH CARSON

There's a comfort in discovering the assimilation of “stitching,” Carson's weaving toward reconciliation, her inclination (perhaps) toward mending the abstract mind over memory using two genres.