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Grace C. Ocasio’s The Speed of Our Lives reviewed in Blind Beggar Press’s newsletter The Lantern.
Grace C. Ocasio is a former New Yorker now living in Charlotte, NC. Her poetry collection, The Speed of Our Lives, is an exceptional example of fine poetry. It’s thoughtful, intelligent and consistently engaging. Her diverse range of subject matter- Angela David, Greta Garbo, the city of Charlotte, Anne Frank, bible characters and so much more – demonstrate her world view and keeps the reader fascinated to read more. She has a way with words that is personal yet universally understood and it is difficult to put her book down. Hers is a unique voice that needs to be heard.
Reviewed by C. D. Grant
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Why is there so much language, so many words I didn't want." Darling's collection interrogates a legacy of literary women that haunt our subconscious through paralleling a female narrator's mental strife alongside Shakespeare's tragic women: Ophelia, Juliet, Desdemona, Cleopatra, and more. Darling follows the trails of blood left on the page to explore violence done to women, both emotionally and physically. Through Darling's innovative forms, she's able to render the classical refreshingly new and chillingly devastating. Her writing, however, hits a more sensitive nerve: the terror of gendered violence and the chafing of powerlessness in womanhood, as her characters "cleave under the weight of my own dress." Yet, power is embedded in Darling's words, sharp and cutting as a razor blade: this is a collection all women should read.Read more »
C. Kubasta’s All Beautiful & Useless is a fearless book. With an amazing range of forms—including sonnets, erasures and a screenplay—these poems ask us to investigate “the sudden violence/done to childhood when you trust too much.” Poems about the Salem Witch Trials, Thumbelina, Cinderella, the victims of serial killer Ed Gein, as well as poems from the poet’s own experience explore the devastating violence that is so often inflicted on female bodies. These poems demand our attention. A remarkable debut collection.Read more »
What glee in the Nine, this tour de force of genius trickster complexity, “all about equipping poetry.” And Anne Tardos does this accouterment-ing like a Buddhist deity with many arms and heads. “Rub together two neurons and you have a mind” and play with nines and you have a rich compendium of unsurpassed wild multi-lingual-mental invention and words stomping around as richly palpable (non gendered!) masters of the universe. I got so refreshed by the wit and tenderness I couldn’t stop.Read more »