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Review: Capturing the Dead

Transmitted on Saturday, May, 16th, 2009 in Reviews

Capturing the Dead
Daniel Nathan Terry
NFSPS Press
2008

Winner of the 2007 Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition, Capturing the Dead is everything that its title implies:  a journey, an expedition, a search for phantasms and specters that, ultimately, allows us to bring home lost souls and forgotten spirits, to capture them, one by one, even as they seem to capture us.
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Review: Universal Monsters

Transmitted on Tuesday, May, 12th, 2009 in Reviews

Universal Monsters
Bryan Dietrich
Word Press
2007

Great movies are usually afforded sequels, great bands have sophomore albums and great writers, if we’re lucky, get the opportunity to have second books.  Well, in 2007 luck was on our side.  Coming out of Word Press, Bryan Dietrich’s second poetry collection Universal Monsters is a much more personal, intimate work than the award-winning Krypton Nights.  With Universal Monsters the poet switches off the fireball machine, unplugs the floating head and booming voice gizmo and, in a very gentle, intimate way, steps from behind the curtain to speak for himself.
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Review: Writing Metrical Poetry

Transmitted on Sunday, May, 3rd, 2009 in Reviews

Writing Metrical Poetry
William Baer
Writer’s Digest Books
2006

If you find yourself more than a little frightened by the idea of writing formal, metrical poetry, then fear no longer.  The good news is that help exists.  Published in 2006, William Baer’s Writing Metrical Poetry is a great introductory-level book for the poet interested in working within popular traditional forms.
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Review: Krypton Nights

Transmitted on Tuesday, April, 21st, 2009 in Reviews

Krypton Nights
Bryan D. Dietrich
Zoo Press
2002

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.

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