George Franklin’s Noise of the World, Reviewed by Brian Fanelli

George Franklin Noise of the World Shelia-Na-Gig Editions Reviewer: Brian Fanelli After a year of lockdowns, face masks, and death counts still too great to process, George Franklin’s latest collection of poems, Noise of the World, feels incredibly relevant right now, as the world still reels from the global pandemic and its long-term implications. His […]

Roy Bentley’s My Mother’s Red Ford: New & Selected Poems 1986-2020, Reviewed by Brian Fanelli

Roy Bentley My Mother’s Red Ford: New & Selected Poems 1986-2020 Lost Horse Press Reviewer: Brian Fanelli Roy Bentley’s My Mother’s Red Ford may be a collection of the poet’s work from the last several decades, beginning with his 1986 book Boy in a Boat, and concluding with new poems, but it’s also a fine […]

George Drew’s Drumming Armageddon, Reviewed by Brian Fanelli

George Drew Drumming Armageddon Madville Publishing Reviewer: Brian Fanelli To read George Drew’s Drumming Armageddon is to remember what it’s like to hear the blues for the first time, or to recall those teenage years, making out with a girl in the backseat of a car, or to recant the type of meal that your […]

Nicole Santalucia’s The Book of Dirt, Reviewed by Brian Fanelli

Nicole Santalucia The Book of Dirt NYQ Books Reviewer: Brian Fanelli While Pennsylvania has traditionally voted for Democratic presidents, including Bill Clinton twice and Barack Obama twice, the state flipped in 2016, and Trump won it by a slim margin. Though PA contains Philly and Pittsburgh, as well as several mid-tier, working-class cities like Scranton […]

Shawn Pavey’s Survival Tips for the Pending Apocalypse, Reviewed by Brian Fanelli

Shawn Pavey Survival Tips for the Pending Apocalypse: New and Selected Poems Spartan Press Reviewer: Brian Fanelli Since the economic crash of 2009, there have been countless stories about the struggles that Americans face to pay their bills and the numerous jobs they must work to survive. There have been manifestos about student debt, the […]