Daily Archives: February 29, 2020

John McCarthy’s Flyover Country is All of Us: A Review of Scared Violent Like Horses

When I shared a poem from Scared Violent Like Horses to a friend who has extensively traveled the United States, she immediately placed the setting. There are thirty-six townships named Springfield in the United States, but the imagery in Scared Violent Like Horses is distinctive enough to render the town […]

High Visibility in the Queer Polar Vortex: A Review of Sara Goodman’s Starfish

Sara Goodman’s Starfish begins in a polar vortex. The speaker lives in Chicago where, “The Northern Lights cast orange on a/network of lakes in Northern Finland.//Dip the entire thing/into an ice cold lake.//That new new.” I am reading the book on a park bench in Miami. It’s late July, humid. Green parakeets […]

Rediscovery of Life, Love, and Grace: A Review of Sonja Livingston’s The Virgin of Prince Street: Expeditions into Devotion

In The Virgin of Prince Street: Expeditions into Devotion, a collection of essays part faith memoir, part investigative journalism (though much else as well), Sonja Livingston admits that her return to the Catholic Church was what she ultimately could not continue evading. As she says, “The question is not why […]