John Englehardt’s Bloomland is a novel about a massacre at a rural college told in second person and focusing on three characters, a student, a professor, and the shooter. This book is not for the weak-hearted. It is a tough read, but Englehardt writes the student, Rose, and the professor, Eddie, so real you feel like you know them beyond the book. They could be you. Eli, the shooter, feels a little more constructed from journalism. Overall, once you get used to almost every pronoun being “you” for an entire novel, this book pulls you in.
This is the last paragraph from my review:
Bloomland is a powerful, ambitious novel that bravely takes on one of the most perplexing, terrifying, and uniquely American phenomena—the school shooting. The novel won the Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction, a reflection of both craft and thematic relevance. One can only hope future readers will pick up Englehardt’s novel to understand an idiosyncratic period of our history when we abjured our safety and the lives of our children. For now, perhaps Eddie and Rose and their suffering will indict us through empathy so that we work toward a nation where Bloomland is truly fiction.
You can read the whole review on Heavy Feather Review here.
You can buy Bloomland here.
Here’s the author’s website.
Thanks to Hobart (Hobartpulp.com) for publishing my wacky short story, “Hari Kari.” It’s the tale of a man who may repeat his mistakes, but at least he has guts.
You can read it here.
My review for Joe Pan’s poetry collection, Operating Systems (Spork Press, 2019) is up at Heavy Feather Review. I mostly focus on Pan’s long poem that ends the collection, “Ode to the MQ-9 Reaper,” which is awesome.
Read the review from Heavy Feather – https://heavyfeatherreview.org/2019/07/09/pan/
You can purchase Operating Systems from Spork right here – http://shop.sporkpress.com/product/joe-pan-operating-systems/
A friend of mine discovered a nest of rabbits in his yard, so we set up a motion sensor camera and documented the rabbits’ behavior. The mother left them alone most of the day and night, only returning to feed the two kits a few times a day. They grew very quickly and moved nests. Here’s the time lapse video I made from the camera’s still images.
I posted a couple other videos, too. We met this kestrel a few years back at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
Finally, I found some footage of a gila monster drinking from Aravaipa Creek north of Tucson.
The new print edition of Rain Taxi features my review of Anne-Marie Kinney‘s new novel, Coldwater Canyon. It’s kind of a Hollywood noir story told from the perspective of a stalker. Unsettling and compelling. As you can read in my review, I enjoyed it.
You can read the review from Rain Taxi. (You gotta buy it; it’s the print edition).
Buy Coldwater Canyon here.
A couple months ago, I reviewed Wendell Mayo’s new short fiction collection, Survival House, for Heavy Feather Review. Sadly, shortly after the review came out, Wendell passed away. He was the head of the Creative Writing program as Bowling Green State University and a great writer. I’m glad I had the chance to get to know him and his work. Survival House is a collection of satirical stories about our nuclear age. Definitely worth checking out.
You can read the review here on Heavy Feather Review.
You can pick up Survival House here.
I’ll have more book reviews with Heavy Feather in the near future, as well as a review with Rain Taxi.
I remember reading The Worcester Review in Tatnuck Booksellers in the mid-nineties as an undergrad at Assumption College and thinking it would be cool to see words I wrote in print. It only took me twenty years, but my story, Swamp Yankee, is in volume 39 of The Worcester Review. It’s a story about a man defending his herd of alpacas from a mysterious predator while a ghost stalks him from the underbrush of his memory. It takes place in Worcester County and it feels good to publish it back home.
You can get a copy here.