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And Your Bird Can Sing by Robert Miltner

And Your Bird Can Sing by Robert Miltner

Robert Miltner’s And Your Bird Can Sing captured me as soon as I had read the last line of the first story, “We Can Work It Out.” These stories are all inspired by, and named after, Beatles songs. I imagine Miltner sitting with his pen in hand, leaning over a desk, and staring into the deckled, yellowed pages of an old leather notebook, The Beatles amplified over aged speakers throughout the room. A number of the stories end abruptly, as if Miltner allowed himself one more sentence and then simply lifted his pen as each song came to an end. Miltner crafts his stories with a seemingly simple yet arched complexity that develops from an attentive understanding of John, Paul and George’s unique storytelling, and the author’s caustic handling of social and political absurdity through satire has culminated in a brilliant collection.

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American Poet: A Novel by Jeff Vande Zande

American Poet: A Novel by Jeff Vande Zande

Jeff Vande Zande’s novel, American Poet: A Novel, reads like a love song (or a sonnet perhaps) to Michigan and the town of Saginaw specifically. Initially however, it feels more like a sorrowful dirge, reflecting on the broken dreams and creative stagnation of Denver Hoptner, a young, budding poet.

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