Melissa Christine Goodrum’s something sweet & filled with blood, Reviewed by Brian Fanelli

Melissa Christine Goodrum something sweet & filled with blood great weather for MEDIA Reviewer: Brian Fanelli Poetry has always had a rich relationship and conversation with other art forms, and some of the most anthologized poems are ekphrastic poems, be it Keats’s “Ode to Grecian Urn” or Anne Sexton’s “The Starry Night.” The impact of […]

Allison Joseph’s Confessions of a Barefaced Woman, Reviewed by Brian Fanelli

Allison Joseph Confessions of a Barefaced Woman Red Hen Press Reviewer: Brian Fanelli Reading Allison Joseph’s latest collection, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman, feels like a much-needed reprieve and act of resistance against the onslaught of negative news. The narratives spun within the pages are a celebration of literature, black history, and the quieter moments […]

Roberto Carlos Garcia’s black/Maybe, Reviewed by Brian Fanelli

Roberto Carlos Garcia black/Maybe Willow Books Reviewer: Brian Fanelli In an interview with Plátano Poetry Café from April 2018, Robert Carlos Garcia describes himself as Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latinx, adding, “Who I am is at the center of everything I write…my identity is my major metaphor.” This statement is especially true when describing Garcia’s latest work, […]

Eric Greinke’s and Alison Stone’s Masterplan, Reviewed by Brian Fanelli

Eric Greinke and Alison Stone Masterplan Presa Press Reviewed by Brian Fanelli Masterplan is a book to read at this moment, a collaboration that addresses the 24/7 news cycle, rampant consumerism, and pop culture. Some of the poems hit as hard and as fast as a two-minute punk song, while others are meditative and lyrical, […]

Brian Fanelli’s Waiting for the Dead to Speak, Reviewed by Robert Fillman

Brian Fanelli Waiting for the Dead to Speak NYQ Books Reviewed by: Robert Fillman In Brian Fanelli’s second full-length collection, Waiting for the Dead to Speak, we find ourselves witnessing the maturation of a young man—from a working-class Pennsylvanian childhood to an educated, professional adult life on the fringe of the academy. But beyond this […]