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Disposable Epics by Thibault Raoult

Disposable Epics by Thibault Raoult

In his new book of poetry, Disposable Epics, Thibault Raoult gives us language at its most supple and strange, and therefore, moving. He manages, with each section, of which there are five, to offer some small instruction—I cannot say it is wrapped (or even rapt) in poetry, because that would be to insult Raoult’s near-impeccability (I like to believe he would prefer the “near-“ hyphenate), but—Raoult does somehow accomplish what every poet strives for: to give the appearance of finding words which seem to instruct themselves to make a poem, rather than of an author who knows the poem which certain words will make. And if a small collection of poems isn’t intended as a vade mecum, we might want to keep this one on hand, just in case.

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Nevers: Fictions by Megan Martin

Nevers: Fictions by Megan Martin

Megan Martin operates as a deft Daedalus in the pages of her new book Nevers. Filled with short fictions, Nevers is narrated by a clever and questioning I, where I is an astute observer and sometimes-perpetrator of Icarus-like behavior, which seems to plague her contemporary society. The noted hubris is so great and the sun so bright in these works that it burns the skin: “The fire-tornado burns off our clothes and our eyeballs and fries my wig and whirls off across the country.” (80)

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