A review by Ginger Eager   The Dream Life of Astronauts. Patrick Ryan. The Dial Press. 2016. 272 pp. $26.00 (hardback).   Patrick Ryan’s new collection, The Dream Life of Astronauts, is set on Merritt Island, Florida, a tiny strip of loamy flatland that was home to citrus farms until John F. Kennedy called a […]

Contributing editor Theodore Worozbyt’s books are The Dauber Wings (Dream Horse Press, 2006); Letters of Transit, winner of the Juniper Prize (The University of Massachusetts Press, 2008); and Smaller Than Death (Knut House Press, 2015). The City of Leaving and Forgetting, his most recent chapbook, appears in Country Music. Migration issue contributor Sara Jean Lane is […]

With fast-paced storytelling and dry wit, David James Poissant provides that rare combination of voyeuristic fodder and characters plucked from the neighborhood in his debut collection, The Heaven of Animals. A giant alligator, an amputation, an unexpected IQ, a five-round yard fight, and especially death—wishes, beds, aftermaths—frame Poissant’s rendering of everyday people finding transcendence in […]

A review by Rosemary D. Cox. Crossing Over: Poems. Priscilla Long. U of New Mexico P. Albuquerque. 2015, 80 pp. $17.95 (paper).   Grief is a strange beast. Psychologists say that there are five stages to grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. But no two people deal with loss in exactly the same way, […]

Last September, TCR continued its Classroom Adoption Program by joining CLMP’s Lit Mag Adoption Program to offer more students the best value around for a literary journal in the classroom. By giving students access to goings-on in the literary community years before they accumulate and appear as books, instructors have been giving students the opportunity to become […]

A review by Tera Swearngin. The Belle Mar. Katie Bickham. Pleiades Press. 2015. Katie Bickham’s The Belle Mar is set on a plantation in the American South. Spanning over a century, the poems are infused with a rich narrative, distinct characters, and gritty, sometimes even ghastly, images. Each scene is original, intense, and intimate. While […]

No Shape Bends the River So Long, winner of the 2013 New Measure Poetry Prize, is the work of two poets, Monica Berlin and Beth Marzoni, who have joined forces to co-create a collection of poems deriving their strength and vitality from America’s heartland. Divided into five sections, much of No Shape Bends the River […]