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Our January review highlights have arrived to kick off the new year! Below you'll find reviews from Harvard Review, The New York Times, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and more. To view previous review highlights, click this link to check out our archives.





We Prefer the Damned by Carlo Matos | Unbound Edition Press

"We Prefer the Damned draws our attention to a poet’s struggle to explore identities of his past and present. A former MMA fighter, Matos reflects on his bisexuality and its erasure, leading readers to understand the poet’s awakening more fully...These poems are sharp and tender."
   — Ruben Quesada, Harvard Review Online


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Wings in Time by Callie Garnett | The Song Cave
"There was a period last year when, everyone being understandably miserable, it was fashionable to pre-complain about all the awful books that were surely being written during and about the pandemic, to loudly dread the future when these ill-begotten books would be foisted upon us. As it happens I’ve already read several great pandemic books, this one among them...Both free and exact, the poems identifiably arise from a specific consciousness, or what we sometimes call a soul.
     Elisa Gabbert, Best Poetry of 2021, The New York Times

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Everything Is Totally Fine by Zac Smith | Muumuu House
"We live in a burning trash can fire these days and Zac has discovered a way to make that feel ok. He lives in the intersection of absurdism and realism at all times. Not within the confines of the book, but as a person himself...This collection contains surreal and inventive stories ranging from six sentences to several pages. All of them dripping with truth, apathy, and comedy."

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To Those Bounded by Donald Edem Quist | Awst Press
"Intellectually rigorous and empathically compelling, Donald Edem Quist’s work juxtaposes literary allusions with the author’s own lived experience. Here, too, Quist explores questions of racial stereotypes and the expectations of others, and the psychological toll that both can take."
   — Vol.1 Brooklyn

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A Poetics of the Press: Interviews with Poets, Printers, & Publishers by Kyle Schlesinger | Ugly Duckling Presse
“Kyle Schlesinger has done a superb job with these interviews. I learned many things from people I knew little about. I found connections between people and places and decades...My copy of A Poetics of the Press is nearly ruined. The spine is torqued. The corners of the book are dented. My violet ink is scribbled over the pages. It has been well-read. I wholeheartedly recommend this thoughtful and thought-provoking book. 
   — 
Steve Miller, American Printing History Association

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