Category Archive: Elizabeth

Apr 26

Blot Lit Reviews: The Bloody Planet by Callista Buchen

The Bloody Planet, Callista BuchenBlack Lawrence Press, 2015Reviewed by Elizabeth Mobley

The Bloody Planet by Callista Buchen Black Lawrence Press, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-62557-951-5 Reviewed by Elizabeth Mobley Callista Buchen’s The Bloody Planet, her first full-length collection, embodies a universe filled with themes ranging from nature to cartography, art, love, death, life, traveling—the text is overripe with humanity and all that we face. “Bluebird” is a fitting …

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Jan 26

Blot Lit Reviews: Bird Lizard Horse by August Smith

Bird Lizard Horse, August SmithNostrovia! Press, 2015Reviewed by Elizabeth Mobley

Bird Lizard Horse, August Smith Nostrovia! Press, 2015 Free EBOOK Reviewed by Elizabeth Mobley In Bird Lizard Horse, August Smith invites the reader into his “garden,” which he readily admits isn’t a garden at all: It’s a conceptual garden. The concept is that it’s empty. But Smith’s garden isn’t empty. In fact, it is filled …

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Oct 07

Blot Lit Reviews: Celadon by Lucia Blinn

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Celadon, Lucia Blinn First Flight Books, 2013 Reviewed by Elizabeth Mobley Celadon, one of Lucia Blinn’s several full-length collections, allows readers to watch the reel of memories play across her mind. With poem titles such as, “I was a Teenage Knitter,” “Consider the College Drop-Out,” and “What Do You Think When I Say: Potato Pancakes?,” …

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Aug 19

Blot Lit Reviews: We Can’t Read This by Meg Day

We Cant Read This, Meg DayGrazing Grain Press, 2013Reviewed by Elizabeth Mobley

We Can’t Read This, Meg Day Gazing Grain Press, 2013 Reviewed By Elizabeth Mobley There is a reason why Meg Day was named a Best New Poet in 2013; her chapbook, We Can’t Read This, is edgy and reflective—a fresh and unexpected new exploration of written, signed, oral, and expressive language. Day challenges the nature …

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Jul 15

Blot Lit Reviews: Tangled in Motion by Jane L. Carman

Tangled in Motion, Jane L. Carman JEF Books, 2015Reviewed by Elizabeth Mobley

Tangled in Motion, Jane L. Carman JEF Books, 2015 ISBN: 978-1884097638 Reviewed by Elizabeth Mobley Jane L. Carman has aptly named her poetry collection Tangled in Motion. The labyrinthine web of experimental, abstract poetry—with hardly a concrete image to latch onto—features three main characters: Hot Mama, Sweet (or Sugar) Daddy, and Baby C (or CC). …

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Jun 17

Blot Lit Reviews: Mendeleev’s Mandala by Jessica Goodfellow

Mendeleev's Mandala

Mendeleev’s Mandala by Jessica Goodfellow Mayapple Press, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-936419-49-4 Reviewed by Elizabeth Mobley Jessica Goodfellow’s Medeleev’s Mandala is a fantastic labyrinth of poetic imagination. Her playground of words comes alive, begging the reader to play along. The collection, which includes a range of works from traditional poetry to experimental forms, offers a fresh look …

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May 13

Blot Lit Reviews: Through a Garden Gate by Charlotte Mandel

                    Through a Garden Gate by Charlotte Mandel, poems and Vincent Covello, photographs David Robert Books, 2015 ISBN: 9781625491213 Reviewed by Elizabeth Mobley Charlotte Mandel’s poetry in Through a Garden Gate invites the reader to take a nature walk through the paths of Vincent Covello’s magnificent …

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Mar 18

Blot Lit Reviews: Running Music by Crystal Simone Smith

  Running Music by Crystal Simone Smith Longleaf Press, 2014 Reviewed by Elizabeth Mobley Crystal Simone Smith’s Running Music sings all the sweet melodies of home. The poetry in this collection is simple yet inviting, short but deep, allowing for a quick run through or a methodical jog. These traditional poems, ripe with metaphor, double …

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Mar 04

Blot Lit Reviews: How to be Another and This Visit by Susan Lewis

    Review: How to be Another and This Visit by Susan Lewis Červená Barva Press, Blaze VOX [books], 2014 Reviewed By Elizabeth Mobley Susan Lewis’ full-length prose poetry collection, How to be Another and her full-length poetry collection, This Visit are highly abstract, punny, and rich in carefully planned out verbiage. Her soulful words …

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Dec 22

Blot Lit Reviews: freedomland blues by henry 7. reneau, jr

Review: freedomland blues by henry 7. reneau jr. Transcendent Zero Press, 2014 Reviewed by Elizabeth Mobley henry 7. reneau jr, in his full-length collection, freedomland blues, offers a glowering critique of all that’s wrong with “Amerikkka” (Reneau). In “eyes shut wide: in response to every cowardly, self-serving Amerikkkan poet who has taken a hands-off approach to …

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