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Book Reviews


Islands by Robert Zaller Reviewed by Kostas Myrsiades

"Throughout these finely crafted poems, the poet marvels at an anthropomorphic sea (“The sea wears these islands / like a bone bracelet” [Prophets Go Mad]) chiseling its architecture on the monoliths that emerge from its depths to form the Greek islands that  the reader observes strewn over the Aegean’s vast tapestry of blue."


Frida Kahlo, edited by Elizabeth Carpenter Reviewed by Miriam N. Kotzin

"No question: Frida Kahlo is a phenomenon, so much so that  “Frida Earrings” can be found on e-bay. The 2002 movie, Frida, capitalized upon and further promoted the cult of personality and “Fridamania” that had begun three decades earlier.   This stunning catalog, Frida Kahlo, was edited by Elizabeth Carpenter of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and produced in connection with the centennial show of Frida Kahlo’s paintings and photographs of her with her family and friends."


Looking for an Eye:  Poetry by Peter Krok Reviewed by Donald Riggs

"Peter Krok is, in this collection, a genius loci, a spirit of the place.  One reads his descriptions and narrations of incidents and characters in particular urban corners, some of them specifically identified, others easily applicable to any city or any small town, and one feels a sense of recognition."


The Artist as Alice:  From a Photographer’s Life, by Darcy Cummings Reviewed by Deborah Burnham

"None of us who loved Alice as a child (and as an adult) could be surprised at Cummings’ expert and visionary revision of the story. Lewis Carroll’s little girl who imagined her way into and out of a parallel world is clearly an artist, one who can look surreal terror in the face. Carroll might be surprised at the power and audacity of this re-made Alice’s spirit, or, then again, he might not."


The Other Chekhov, edited by Okla Elliott and Kyle Minor Reviewed by Miriam Kotzin

"The editors of this volume, Okla Elliott and Kyle Minor, have themselves provided an opening essay, with quotations about Chekhov by Francine Prose and Richard Ford--and a person identified only as “Frank” who voices the oft-heard complaint: “Chekhov is boring.  Nothing happens.” The editors present this group of stories as an answer to that criticism."



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