Di Brandt's Walking to Mojácar "immerses readers into a transcultural voyage"

Di Brandt's Walking to Mojácar is reviewed by Libe Garcia-Zarranz in the Winter 2012 issue of The Goose Review. According to Garcia-Zarranz, Walking to Mojácar "raises a series of key issues around environmental degradation and the loss of affective ties, while leaving space for human creativity and intimacy both in the literary realm and the technological arena." She comments on the multiple languages and cultures evoked in the collection: "Fusing English with other languages such as French, German, and Spanish, Walking to Mojácar immerses readers into a transcultural voyage...." To read the full review, click hereclick here and scroll to page 92.

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The Goose Review admires Apologetic by Carla Funk

The Goose Review's Travis V. Mason discusses Apologetic (Turnstone) by Carla Funk and Outskirts (Brick) by Sue Goyette in the 2012 Issue 10. He highlights the poems of the collection that expore "the groundedness to be found in marriage (or companionship)." He writes, "A trio of poems—'Ars Domestica,' 'Night of the Mead Moon,' and 'Reading in Bed'—occur midway through Apologetic and render moments of domestic companionship as honestly as such moments can be rendered in verse." To read the full review, click here click here and scroll to page 116.

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W.D. Valgardson called a "cultural and spiritual descendant" of poet Stephan G. Stephansson

John Johansen reviews What the Bear Said by W.D. Valgardson in the latest issue of the ALECC (Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada)'s The Goose Issue 11 2012. About the collection of stories / folk tales, Johansen notes, "...many of the tales make it clear that poverty, hunger, cold, and disease afflicted Icelanders as much in the new as in the old Iceland." The reviewer goes on to liken Valgardson's role as storyteller to Stephan G. Stephansson's role as "one of the greatest poets in Icelandic": "What is also clear—and remarkable—is that among the struggling farmers and fishermen who immigrated, and even in such grim circumstances, there were poets and singers (“What the Bear Said,” “Loftur,” “The Poet from Arnes,” “The New World”). Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephansson, one of the greatest poets in Icelandic, was also one of these, and Valgardson himself is perhaps their cultural and spiritual descendant." To read the full review, click here click here and scroll to page 98.

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