Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Poetry Friday: “The Way In” by Linda Hogan

The pink and purple and white canopies I mentioned recently have mostly given way to leafy clouds, the piercing yellow-green of springtime. The hardiest bad-ass stems and tendrils are forcing themselves through cracks in sidewalks and retaining walls. Road and bridge repair crews have set up shop amid blooming orange traffic cones. College commencements and […]

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Sunday Links, May 12, 2013

The shortlist for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize) has been announced. It is referred to as “staggeringly strong,” and on the sole basis of Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, which I read and loved, I’d have to agree. The Locus Award finalists have been announced. The finalists for […]

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Poetry Friday: “Heat” by Michael Chitwood

Ironing, like so many other domestic chores, has about it the air of religion. There is a compelling need for specific implements and special rituals, a curious balance of fire and water, a mix of dry and damp, and a fresh (unending!) supply of pristine garments — all looming overwhelmingly to wring order from chaos. […]

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Pocket Review: The Morels by Christopher Hacker

The Morels Christopher Hacker Soho Press, 2013 Many years ago, I bought a house while I was living with my then-boyfriend. Things weren’t going well between us, to the extent that I felt more comfortable getting into a 30-year commitment with Chase Mortgage than with him. Still, we stayed together, in no small part because […]

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Open Letters Monthly, May 2013

It looks as though April showers—and snowstorms—have finally brought a few May flowers. With or without showers, we also have the May issue of Open Letters Monthly, which comes with some choice buds and blossoms of its own: Rohan Maitzen gives us a review of Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life… and then the review that […]

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Sunday Links, May 5, 2013

The Edgar Award winners have been announced. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett has won Arthur C. Clarke Awardthe Arthur C. Clarke Award. It looks like it’s been acquired for publication in the United States, so perhaps we’ll get a chance to read it soon. The Scott Prize for Short Stories has been awarded to Kirsty […]

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Poetry Friday: “Crowning” by Kevin Young

Long into each winter I reach a point where I am drawn to believe that the weather and I will never be warm again. I often make it through the holidays and the year end/beginning before this moment of existential despair overtakes me, most often after several days of unseasonable cold and unrelenting winds. I […]

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