Category: Reviews

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Submission Guidelines: Guiding Lines into Submission

by Kevin Kvas

My word count is limited, but unlike Phoebe Wang, whose Romantic defense of Creative Writing (and the Poetry Workshop) in response to my review of Matthew Tierney’s Probably Inevitable is tellingly lyrical in its self-enclosed privileging of itself as its own source text, I have no qualms about speaking in other voices.

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Workshop Poetry: Spectre and Spectacle

by Phoebe Wang

Probably InevitableIn his review of Matthew Tierney’s Probably Inevitable, Kevin Kvas attacks Tierney’s assertion that “there’s no breaking down the parts” of a poem. For Kvas, this verifies the futility of Creative Writing MFA and MA programs:

It’s magic? Is this what the Creative Writing M.(F.)A.

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As it is in its Reviews: Mathew Henderson’s The Lease

by E Martin Nolan

Mathew Henderson’s The Lease is a quick like. The content—Oil Field work—and the approach—lyrical but straight-ahead—easily combine to catch the reader’s attention. Add to this the book’s ability to approach the topic of oil from a mostly ignored perspective—that of the worker—and it’s small wonder the New York Times picked The Lease as one of its “Books of the Times.”