This Week’s Reviews

Love Minus Love
Wayne Holloway-Smith | Bloodaxe Books | 9781780375083 | November 2020

“Disease, trauma, wit, sex, love, addiction, looping time, family history, a changing world, work—all evaporate and condense into the best collection I’ve read in 2020. . . .Shortlisted for the 2020 T.S Eliot Prize, Love Minus Love could win, should win, might win, better win—who knows with such things… In my humble 2020 ranking, Holloway-Smith takes top slot.”—RHINO

Reel Bay
Jana Larson | Coffee House Press | 9781566895989 | January 2021
“Softens the divisions separating genres by interweaving memoir, travelogue, and screenplay…cleverly aberrant.”—Star Tribune

Jump the Clock
Erica Hunt | Nightboat Books | 9781643620244 | October 2020
“We have lived in one chronology for many decades, of disrepair, divisions and fears. In response, Erica Hunt’s is a full-fronted other way of naming. In every detail and crevasse, her work unmutes voices and refigures necessary community.”—Poetry in Review

Black Heroes of the Wild West
James Otis Smith | TOON Books/ TOON Graphics | 9781943145515 | September 2020
“An inherently fascinating, entertaining, and informative read from first page to last, Black Heroes of the Wild West will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to elementary school, middle school, and community library Graphic Novel collections in general, and Black History/Biography collections in particular.”—Midwest Book Review

Put Yourself in My Shoes
Susanna Isern, illus. Mylène Rigaudie | NubeOcho | 9788417673376 | September 2020
“I can see this being a valuable resource for classrooms, special education classes and families wanting to impart the importance of empathy into their children.”—Oregon Coast Youth Review

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