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Book Review – The Only Light Coming In by Joseph Hardy

Joseph Hardy’s poetry book The Only Light Coming In is a volume filled with reflections on relationships, some good, some bad, some still a mystery to the author. Hardy spends time to do introspection on the past in a way we are all familiar with, joys, regrets, and searing moments we’ll never be able to get rid of. The overarching theme to “The Only Light Coming In” could very well be, pick yourself up and…

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Book Review – Kind Chemist Wife: Musings at 3:00 a.m.

Kind Chemist Wife: Musings at 3:00 a.m. by Sarah Bigham is the kind of book that is worth repeated readings. What do you do at 3:00 a.m. when you are unable to sleep, and your mind whirls with the past, the present, the future? You write. Sarah’s poems in Kind Chemist Wife invites the reader to slow down and join her in late-night musings. Memory is a fickle thing, and Bigham explores what it means…

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Another View on Serving by Kari Gunter-Seymour

My co-editor, Kathleen Cassen Mickelson recently did a review of Kari Gunter-Seymour’s chapbook, Serving. Then she passed the book on to me for my reaction. I come at it from a different place than Kathleen did. As many of you probably don’t know, I served in the U.S. Army in the Corps of Engineers. As I read these poems, I am reminded both of the men and women who served with me, but also the…

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The Gifts of Poetry and Service

When I first became aware of the poet Kari Gunter-Seymour, it was through Gyroscope Review’s submissions for the spring 2016 issue. Her poems about having a son who served in the US military in the Middle East took my breath away, as it did for my co-editor, Constance Brewer. We ended up publishing some of her work in that spring issue, as well as in our fall 2016 special Honor Issue. We could see that…

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