Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

Yukio Mishima is a deservedly controversial author for his politics, his attempted coup of the Japanese government, and his ritual suicide. Much of Mishima’s writing reflects aspects of these topics, and yet, so much if his writing bears the unmistakable longing of...
A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska

A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska

If a pink water gun is a queering of the gun, then Dimkovska’s book is a queering of the break-up of former Yugoslavia. This novel operates on a metaphor of conjoined twins, Srebra and Zlata (Silver and Gold), who dream of separation, yet they live out their...
Close Range by Annie Proulx

Close Range by Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx is one of the best writers on America’s oft-forgotten places, hands down. And, Close Range, her collection of shorts set in the Wyoming outback, is relentless in the depiction of how landscape informs inhabitant. The most renown story in the collection,...
Not Here, by Hieu Minh Nguyen

Not Here, by Hieu Minh Nguyen

Hieu Minh Nguyen’s second collection, Not Here, is a remarkable work of emotional generosity and alchemic poetic power, not only delving into trauma, isolation, and pain, but also demonstrating how such experiences may be transformed. The book holds more than...
Cenzontle by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Cenzontle by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Reviewer’s note: this review was originally written for The East Bay Review April 16, 2018. In his A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize–winning debut, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo conjures a lush, breathing landscape that permeates and encompasses the self, contrasting the...