Quill and Quire


By Jana Prikryl

Robert Frost’s formula for poetry was, “No tears for the writer, no tears for the reader.” It’s clear that, in his fifth book, Chris Banks is behind his pen crying, laughing, contemplating, and whittling wisdom ... Read More »

August 12, 2019 | Filed under: Poetry, Reviews

By Shane Neilson

Shane Neilson’s New Brunswick is an homage to his native province and, more importantly, homeland. It begins in a dramatic and unorthodox manner: a dedication that includes a verse by John Donne and an epigraph ... Read More »

July 11, 2019 | Filed under: Poetry, Reviews

By Chantal Gibson

“My silence is a sentence,” Chantal Gibson writes in her subversive new poetry collection, How She Read. Silence is imposed on the subjects of her poems, and enforced by slavery, rigid language, and the everyday ... Read More »

April 15, 2019 | Filed under: Poetry

By Adrienne Gruber

Of all the sexist poses adopted by the male-centric critical establishment, one of the most puzzling is the dismissal of writing about motherhood. The argument is that books dealing with conception, childbirth, and its aftermath ... Read More »

April 15, 2019 | Filed under: Poetry

By Dina Del Bucchia

In the prose poem “ADIDAS,” from Domenica Martinello’s debut collection, the speaker asks: “If you are the siren why do you balk at rebranding? A hot iron can turn a sea cow into iconography. Split-tailed, ... Read More »

April 8, 2019 | Filed under: Poetry

By Mike Barnes

As the title indicates, After Birth focuses on the complicated feelings a woman experiences both during and after childbirth, and it also comprises intergenerational concerns, such as a mother taking her children to visit her ... Read More »

April 1, 2019 | Filed under: Poetry, Reviews