Reviews: Midnight Blue (Gabb) & Threnody (Wiseman)

A lovely review for Midnight Blue (Vanessa Jimenez Gabb) via Natalie Eilbert:

Here capitulation and recapitulation of love and nothing breaks my goddamn heart. What are we here for, what are we supposed to do with the mounting selves of our reflection, the mounting selves of our sorrow, the mounting selves of our nothing loves and our lovely nothings. What are we supposed to do with the mothers we were and the children we never had and the small wonder of elsewhere: “I fried them barefoot like a mother / Even though I am no mother / I was one once for eight weeks / Then we were in Belize.”

Throughout this tiny book is a power and beauty rare in its form. | full review

And one for Threnody (Laura Madeline Wiseman) via Blot Lit Reviews at Blotterature:

By complicating the subject of the female experience the reader is able to see it more clearly.  Female death is a tool used for understanding some of the darker parts of life and its place in our psyche. In just a few words, Wiseman perfectly encapsulates some of the most complicated emotions, ranging from the realization of unfair social expectations to reactions to gender violence.

The pieces are arduous and emotional. In just a few words, Wiseman captures the often conflicted emotions of human experience with knife-edged honesty. | full review

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