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There is no other book quite like Marie Buck’s Goodnight, Marie, May God Have Mercy on Your Soul. Its tight economy of language and demotic vocabulary imply an almost diaristic simplicity. Any normality you might expect is interrupted and overwritten by recurring images of fantasy, transfiguration, and violence.
Before the financial collapse thrust Detroit into the limelight, there were kids in the city making up dance routines, listening to the radio, and navigating the rugged terrain of racism, poverty, and sexism. Detroit Detroit is Anna Vitale’s timely debut about the city that raised her, a city that is impossible to sum up and hard not to love.
David Buuck’s newest collection, Noise in the Face of, is aesthetically strong, political poetry at its finest. Written in Oakland during the early days of the Occupy Oakland movement, through the Bay Area protests in the wake of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and many, many others, Noise marries fire and form, going beyond representational aesthetics to craft writing that aims to be the thing itself.
Chris Sylvester’s latest work and first with ROOF, assembles its own avant-garde tradition, positioned between the ethos of Bob Grenier’s CAMBRIDGE M’ASS, the demotic vocabulary and style of Gertrude Stein’s Lectures in America, and bow-tied with a similar contemporary verve and humor as Brandon Brown’s Flowering Mall, also a ROOF publication.


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