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SPD is proud to celebrate recent titles that have drawn critical praise & attention! We've gathered some of our favorite recent review highlights and will compile that buzz for you here regularly.  Publishers & authors: if you've got a new review you'd like considered for our highlights, please send it to publicity@spdbooks.org!
 
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The Desert by Brandon Shimoda |  The Song Cave, 2018
The Desert By Brandon Shimoda |  The Song Cave, 2018
"So stark and otherworldly is Shimoda’s language that one cannot help but think it returns from somewhere few individuals have ever reached. The Desert, with its characteristic ellipses and strikethroughs, with its ability to make even a chocolate chip cookie a relic of power, is the most physical yet gone book I have read in years."

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Jennifer Soong

Jacket2 | October 1, 2020

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 A and B and Also Nothing by Chris Campanioni  | Otis Books / Seismicity Editions, 2020
 A and B and Also Nothing By Chris Campanioni I Otis Books | Seismicity Editions, 2020
" Imaginatively jamming together James’s The Americans and Stein’s The Making of Americans, Campanioni reshuffles nationality, borders, and genealogy."

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Wayne Koestenbaum

BOMB
| October 1, 2020
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Skins of Columbus: A Dream Ethnography by Edgar Garcia I Fence Books, 2019
Skins of Columbus: A Dream Ethnography By Edgar Garcia I Fence Books, 2019 "...rather than toppling or beheading Columbus’s metonymic power (and thus legitimizing and perpetuating the violence of the state as a zero-sum game ad infinitum), why not absorb its mythos, decolonize its inherited language, and, like a shaman, put on its skin? Why not invade its dreamlife, eat of its organs, and metabolize its wish-imagery?"

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Jose-Luis Moctezuma

On The Seawall
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October 7, 2020
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COVID19 SUTRAS by Hank Lazer | Lavender Ink, 2020
COVID19 SUTRAS By Hank Lazer | Lavender Ink, 2020
"COVID19 SUTRAS is full of tenderness, empathy, anger, despair, sadness — the ping-pong ball of feelings bouncing this way and that."

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John Yau

Hyperallergic | October 10, 2020
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Defacing the Monument by Susan Briante | Noemi Press, 2020
Defacing the Monument by Susan Briante | Noemi Press, 2020
"...unlike the “poetry of witness,” which has the potential to engage in problematic and ethically questionable modes of empathy as told from positions of power, her awareness of her subject position allows her to navigate this terrain with intelligence and facility.

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Sandra Simmons

The Georgia Review | Fall 2020
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The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed's WILD and the Art of Memoir by Alden Jones | Fiction Advocate, 2020
The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed's WILD and the Art of Memoir by Alden Jones |  Fiction Advocate,2020
"The Wanting Was a Wilderness paints an earnest portrait of a searching nineteen-year-old woman and of the writer she later becomes. Jones's analysis of the tools Strayed's memoir uses within the context of her own story creates a clear and thrilling writing lesson that shows by example."

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Ian Munnelly

The Rupture | October 1, 2020



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The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza | Dorothy, a publishing, 2018
The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza | Dorothy, a publishing, 2018

"Even as she mixes poetry into her prose, Rivera Garza never reveals a clear geographical setting of her tale, making it easy to feel lost in an adventure that is equal parts eerie, mystical, and insightful."

-Kaitlyn Miller

Houstonia | October 12, 2020

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The End of Aphrodite by Laurette Folk | Bordighera Press, 2020
The End of Aphrodite by Laurette Folk | Bordighera Press, 2020
"A haunting and poignant reflection on grief, spirituality, and the loving bonds that provide guidance and sustenance."
 

Kirkus | October 27, 2020
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Yi Sang: Selected Works by Yi Sang | Wave Books, 2020
Yi Sang: Selected Works by Yi Sang | Wave Books, 2020
"It demonstrates how the legacy of a poet is always in the process of becoming, as their works are woven into new historical and socio-linguistic sites."

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Jae Won Edward Chung


Asymptote Journal | October 31, 2020
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The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing by Joseph Fasano | Platypus Press, 2020
The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing by Joseph Fasano | Platypus Press, 2020
"The book reminds us that this world is much larger than we will ever be. It also encourages us to play within words, and within thought, to better understand ourselves, our needs, our grief, and our desires."

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Heather Lang


The Literary Review
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 Requisite by Tanya Holtland | Platypus Press, 2020
 Requisite by Tanya Holtland | Platypus Press, 2020
"Regarding a topic that could easily be made too abstract or obtuse through poetic license, she grounds it in such relatable language and engaging structure that nobody could claim poetry such as this is hard to understand."

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Michael Prihoda


After the Pause | October 23, 2020
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Lyrebird by Meredith Clark |  Platypus Press, 2020
Lyrebird by Meredith Clark |  Platypus Press, 2020
"Because the spirit is the audience, the book assumes both interest and unconditional love; thus its lines carry inherent vulnerability."

-Camille-Yvette Welsch 


Foreward Reviews | November/ December 2020
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Lake of Urine: A Love Story by Guillermo Stitch | Sagging Meniscus Press, 2020
Lake of Urine: A Love Story by Guillermo Stitch | Sagging Meniscus Press, 2020
" Readers may well wonder whether there is a satirical subtext to the throwback prose style and slightly dated repartee. There isn’t: Lake of Urine is a jeu d’esprit, best enjoyed on its own deranged terms."

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Houman Barekat


TLS | October 30, 2020
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