Review: Another Open Door by Ann Elizabeth Carson

Reviewed by Donna Langevin Another Open DoorAeolus House, 202364 pages, $20.00ISBN: 978-1-987872-56-9 Another Open Door is an inspiring melange of poetry, prose, music and artwork. As if to say, “Please enter without knocking,” the cover photo features Ann’s clay sculpture that suggests a listening ear or a shell’s portal. In each of the book’s three…

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Review: Titch by Kate Marshall Flaherty

Reviewed by Elana Wolff Titch by Kate Marshall Flaherty Piquant Press, 2023 144 pages, $20.00 ISBN: 9781927396285 The poems in Kate Marshall Flaherty’s sixth collection, Titch, abide between sacred light and enduring beauty—scarred, whole and restored. These are poems that face the world—its natural wonders and human challenges, with strength and reverence; that openly welcome…

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Standing on Shimmer: a review of Circle Tour by Eva Tihanyi

Reviewed by Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews Circle Tour by Eva Tihanyi (Inanna Publications, 2023) They say an image is worth a thousand words: passion, the heart, a woman’s life journey, her gift of words, endurance and her resolve against life’s decohering forces: the cover art of Eva Tihanyi’s poetry collection Circle Tour, perfectly prefaces with allegory…

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Review: Orion Sweeping by Anne Marie Todkill

Reviewed by Pearl Pirie Orion Sweeping by Anne Marie Todkill (Brick Books)8.75 x 5.75 Inches | 88 PagesPublication Date: April 1, 2022Trade Paperback ISBN:9781771315692 Orion Sweeping by Anne Marie Todkill has a cover of a pen and ink fox and moon by Arthur Balitskiy I’d consider framing. Divided into four self-explanatory sections: “Earth”, “Air”, “Familia”,…

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Review: ineffable, The Mystical Poems by Edwin Varney

Reviewed by Stephen Morrissey ineffable, The Mystical Poems by Edwin Varney (The Poem Factory, Courtenay, BC, 2022). 14 pages. ISBN: 978-1-895593-57-0 Back in 1977, I reviewed Edwin Varney’s Human Nature (1974), published in CV II (Vol. 3, no. 2); it was my first published book review.  And here I am, so many years later, reviewing Edwin Varney’s new…

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When the day is nearly done, a review of Timed Radiance, by Donna Langevin

Reviewed by Louise Carson Timed Radiance, by Donna Langevin (Aeolus House, 2022). There are many examples of fine language in this collection of poems that have (mostly) been written as a summation of one poet’s long life. So, I’ll be presenting a lot of quotes. The first one comes from the first poem ‘Even with…

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Welcome to my nightmare: A review of Hell-Box by Peter Taylor

Reviewed by Louise Carson Hell-Box by Peter Taylor (Frog Hollow Press, 2020). As the first note at the end of this chapbook explains, “A hell-box is a receptacle for damaged or discarded type.” As a title for anything, Hell-Box rocks. And it hints that the contents will be wildly assorted. They are. But the voice…

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Snapshots: Review of The Negation of Chronology: Imagining Geraldine Moodie, by Rebecca Luce-Kapler

Reviewed by Louise Carson The Negation of Chronology: Imagining Geraldine Moodie, Rebecca Luce-Kapler (Inanna, 2020).     I knew after I’d read the forward, that I’d be interested in the material covered by Rebecca Luce-Kapler in The Negation of Chronology. I’d just finished reading Molly Peacock’s Flower Diary, a biography of American/Canadian painter Mary Hiester Reid…

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