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The Boss by Victoria Chang

The Boss by Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang’s The Boss serves up poems reminiscent of repetitious schoolyard rhymes. Her collection takes on large concepts: life, capitalism, ancestral memories, death, and examines how our daily interactions become the metaphysical. With most poems only taking up one page, and a few stretching to two, Chang’s writing utilizes each empathetic word. At it’s pinnacle, The Boss throws back the curtain and places us at the epicenter of a conversation stripped of niceties or answers; instead, Chang grants the opportunity to not only survive, but thrive in the unknown.

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The End of War by John Horgan

The End of War by John Horgan

John Horgan is trying to make an argument against the need for combat between nations in his book, The End of War. It is the author’s goal for readers to be able to advocate for peace and reject the necessity of war without being met with condescension. Rather than a telling of the author’s own research, Horgan’s book is a survey of research previously conducted around the subject of war, giving the book more of a long-form article style.

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