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Raw and Humorous Realities: A Review of Taddle Creek (Summer, 2018)

Taddle Creek is a semiannual Toronto, Canada-based literary magazine that proudly proclaims itself as “an odd mix, to be sure, which is why Taddle Creek refers to itself somewhat oddly as a ‘general-interest literary magazine.’” This description could not be more accurate. The magazine’s Summer, 2018 issue reveals a hodgepodge of content, including fiction, poetry, cooking recipes, comics, and historically-educating essays. The raw humor throughout the summer issue is…

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Finding Me in You: A Review of Poetry Magazine, September 2018

Poetry Magazine’s September 2018 issue is a collection of poems that speak strongly to the ideas of space and identity and the ways these two concepts are interconnected. Whether traditional or experimental in form, the poems in Poetry’s September 2018 issue explore the complexity of human relationships, addressing relatable and long-asked questions regarding one’s identity in relation to the self, to others, and to broader…

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Personal and Politically Poignant: A Review of CutBank 88

CutBank, the University of Montana’s biannual literary journal, features fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction by both established and emerging authors. The journal’s most recent edition, CutBank 88, exhibits a distinct Americanness in terms of place and identity. Like the characters in Courtney Graggett’s mythic story “Dry Border,” a father and son who are Mexican immigrants in southwest Texas, the readers of CutBank 88 also traverse the physical challenges and emotional complexities…

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Review of So Far So Good: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Lasting Meditative Landscape

After her death at the age of 88 earlier this year, Ursula K. Le Guin unleashed a wake of spirituality, meditation, reflection, and journey upon her readers with the release of her posthumous collection of poems So Far So Good (Copper Canyon Press, 2018). The poems lead the reader on a solitary journey by way of boat, through sunrises, sunsets, and vast hills. Though the…

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How to Sleep: On Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Before opening Ottessa Moshfegh’s new novel My Year of Rest and Relaxation (Penguin Press, 2018), you might get caught up observing the portrait on the cover. Like many neoclassical paintings of women, Jacques-Louis David’s Portrait of a Young Woman in White is of a porcelain skinned beauty, rosy cheeked and cherry lipped, in a revealing negligee. She sits on a chair, probably in a bedroom, staring off…

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