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Bryan D. Dietrich
Few books in any writing genre have been constructed with as much vision, ambition and complexity as Bryan Dietrich’s Krypton Nights. Winner of the prestigious Paris Review Prize in Poetry in 2001, Krypton Nights is an intriguing collection of persona poems written in the voices of prominent characters from the Superman mythos. Shifting through both voice and poetic structure, Krypton Nights is, in its own way, a treatise on heroes as argued by the hero and those closest to him. It is, in both an emotional and artistic sense, a “grounding” of the superhero genre’s original product.
Becoming the Villainess
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Steel Toe Books
Coming across Jeannine Hall Gailey’s Becoming the Villainess is like coming upon a lush, sprawling field of wheatgrass while exploring the dark side of the moon: so unexpected and refreshing that one wonders whether or not their O2 tank has been poisoned.
There wasn’t anything with garlic, I told her. Just something Cajun I’d been working on, but nothing with garlic. The bathroom’s at the end of the hall, just across from the bedroom.
“Good,” she said. “I tend to get up and down in the night. By the way, I sleep on the right side of the bed.”