I wrote this review back in 2012, when Cynthia Dewey Oka’s Nomad of Salt and Hard Water was first published by Dinah Press (which, as far as I can tell, no longer exists). I am reposting it now for two reasons...
My Kind of Girl is a novel by Buddhadeva Bose, an important 20th century Bengali writer. In addition to the books he wrote in his native language–he was a fiction writer, a poet, a playwright, and an essayist–Bose also...
I stroll from street to street,
the trees spill themselves on the asphalt road.
Sooner or later the leaves
will end up swept away from the sidewalk.
Let’s call their disappearance wind.
Let’s go on giving names to all
we’ve lost in the name of words.
—Rosa Alice Branco, from Cattle of the Lord (translated by Alexis Levitin)
I’ve been reading The Architecture of Language, by Quincy Troupe, and I have been fascinated by how rhythm and syntax interact in the way he builds his lines. Structurally, the poems remind me of nothing so much as jazz...