Joel W. Vaughan

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Poetry Zine Review: 6×6: they say triangle

Category: Issue 75, Joel W. Vaughan, News, Reviews

6×6 #35: they say triangle Poetry Zine, Kim Hunter, Anna Gurton-Wachter, Judith Goldman, Bridget Talone, Ted Dodson, & Katy Lederer, 56 pgs, Ugly Duckling Presse, uglyducklingpresse.org, $6 This penultimate issue of Ugly Duckling Presse’s long-running magazine is as much a treat in its physical assembly as it is in the poetry contained. The magazine, which […]

Litzine Review: Shoot the Freak

Shoot the Freak Litzine, Jeff Tompkins, 32 pgs, Jeff Tompkins, jefftompkins.net, $5 Tomkins’s speaker feigns a highfalutin’ voice whilst bumping shoulders among old New York’s most ratty carnival barkers. What results is a constant, creeping snap-shot of what he would call ‘low’ New York, in all its freakshow (sometimes literally) glory. This short story is […]

Chapbook Review: We Are All Just Animals & Plants

We Are All Just Animals & Plants, Chapbook, Alex Manley, 62 pgs, Metatron, onmetatron.com, $12 This debut collection of poems adds to Metatron’s growing list of well-designed little chapbooks, but does not command the same level of recommendation as did ones from the recent past. Alex Manley’s verse is personal, personable, and light-hearted when it needs […]

Chapbook Review: Shiftless (Harvester)

Shiftless (Harvester) Chapbook, Buck Downs, 24 pgs, above/ground press, abovegroundpress.blogspot.ca, $4 Buck Downs’s poetic method has been outlined in Broken Pencil’s review for “Touch the Donkey #11”, as his work is briefly featured there, but it is worth noting here again for this interview, where the advantages and disadvantages to this approach are emphasized more […]

Chapbook Review: Reframing Paul Cadmus

Reframing Paul Cadmus Chapbook, John Barton, 24 pgs, above/ground press, abovegroundpress.blogspot.ca, $5 Printed 7” x 8.5”, John Barton presents, here, a sizable—not to mention memorable—collection of ekphrastic poetry. Each of Barton’s eleven poems printed herein demonstrates not only an intense familiarity with the visual work of Paul Cadmus, but a unique ability to transform his […]

Chapbook Review: The Great Hoop Dance

The Great Hoop Dance Chapbook, Shannon Berg, 24 pgs, Big Pond Rumours, big-pond-rumours.com, $12 Sharon Berg’s private press, Big Pond Rumours, re-prints a poetic essay from 1988 which, in her own words, “is meant to interpret the teachings [she] received on First Nations Ontology from James Dumont,” a professor at Laurentian University. “The Great Hoop […]

Book Review: Babbling Corpse

Zine Review: Touch The Donkey #11

Book Review: Whelmed

Book Review: Wigford Rememberies

Book Review: Pillow

Book Review: Brain Injury

Book Review: Grand Menteur

Book Review: Debris