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Jane Blue "Susan Kelly-DeWitt's A Camelia for Judy"
Alexander Long "Christopher Buckley's Fall From Grace"
Evan Oakley "Veronica Patterson's Swan, What Shores"
J.T. Cavender "James Doyle's The Silk at Her Throat"
Grace Cavalieri "Ego as Beak"
Grace Cavalieri "Enhanced Gravity—More Fiction by Washingon Area Women" 500pp., $18.95
Edited by Richard Peabody
Grace Cavalieri "Why Speak" by Nathanel Bellows
Grace Cavalieri "Innocence" by Jean Nordhaus
Ernie Wormwood "Temporary Apprehensions" by Patric Pepper
Daniela Gioseffi "75 Poems on Retirement" edited by Robin Chapman & Judith Strasser
Ed Zahniser "If You’re Not Averse to Comic Verse . . ." by X. J. Kennedy
Ernie Wormwood "Falling Into Velázquez" by Mary Kaiser
Mary F. Morris "Circling Out" by Martin Galvin
Grace Cavalieri "The Matter of the Casket" by Thom Ward
Grace Cavalieri "Reunion" by Fleda Brown
Grace Cavalieri "All That Lies Between Us" by Maria Mazziotti
Grace Cavalieri "Before and After the Fall" by Sandor Csoori, translated by Len  Roberts
Ed Zahniser "The Blue Train to America" by Barbara F. Lefcowitz
Mary Morris "Children Having Trouble with Meat" by Christine Hamm
"OCHO #9" from MIPOesias Magazine
"Best of Café’ Café’, Summer 2007" from MIPesias Print Publication
Sonja James "Resurrection of the Dust" by John McKernan
Hope Maxwell-Snyder "The Language of Loss" by Mariela Griffor
Hope Maxwell-Snyder "A Snake Charmer" by Paulo Henriques Britto
Barbara Goldberg "The Outernationale" by Peter Gizzi
Amy King "Next Life" by Rae Armantrout
Ernie Wormwood "Making a Poem: Some Thoughts
About Poetry and the People Who Write It
" by Miller Williams
Bernadette Geyer "Broken Hallelujahs, poems" by Sean Thomas Dougherty "
Ed Zahniser "Whiskey in the Garden of Eden" by Sarah Browning
Bernadette Geyer "Of Whiskey and Winter " by Peter Connors
Grace Cavalieri "OCHO 12-A Composite Review" by six poets
Andrew Kaufman "A Secret Room in Fall" by Maria Terrone
Ethan Fischer "Kimnama" and "More Than Anything" by Kim Roberts and Hiram Larew
Whitney M. Smith "Gentling the Bones" by Katherine E. Young
Sonja James "Little Boat" by Jean Valentine
Peter Klappert "Legacy" by Richard Harteis

Constance MacDonald &
William Scott

"The Steiney Road to Operadom: The Making of American Operas"
by Karren LaLonde Alenier

Grace Cavalieri "OCHO 15: A Composite Review" by eight poets
Marviin Galvin "A Slender Grace" by Rod Jellema
Composite Review
by Seven Writers
"Against the Grain: The Literary Life of a Poet" – A Memoir by Reed Whittemore
A review of two books by
Ernie Wormwood
"The Fortunate Islands and Mystery School"
by Susan Kelly-Dewitt and by Bruce MacKinnon
A review by Laura Orem "Gargoyle 52" Produced by Richard Peabody
A review by Mary Morris "When I Said Goodbye" by Didi Menendez
A review by Grace Cavalieri "Lady of the Snakes" by Rachel Pastan
A review by Mary Morris "Helen Takes the Stage" The Helen Keller Poems" by Kathi Wolfe
A review by Kathie Isaac-Luke "Discount Fireworks " by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A review by Mary Morris "Circular Stairs, Distress in the Mirrors" by Peter Kappert
A review by Judy Neri "A Quartet Sings from Finishing Line Press" by Anne Becker, Katherine Young, Jehanne Dubrow, Gretchen Primack
A review by Sonja James "A Darker, Sweeter String " by Lee Sharkey
A review by Judith Harris "Anna Nicole: POEMS" by Grace Cavalieri
A review by Geoffrey Himes "Lending Her Voice, Anna Nicole: POEMS" by Grace Cavalieri
A review by Anne Caston "Voices" by Lucille Clifton
A review by Sabine Pascarelli "Still life Without Pomegranate" by Heather Banks
A review by Cheryl A. Townsend "Voices" by Lucille Clifton
A review by Barbara Goldberg "Sum" by Yonat Hafftka
A review by Laura Orem "The Royal Baker's Daughter" by Barbara Goldberg
A review by Laura Orem "Taking the Road Where It Leads" by Andrena Zawinski
A review by Ed Zahniser "Inventory" by Cicely Angleton, Elaine Magarrell,
and Reed Whittemore
A review by A.B. Spellman "Becoming Billie Holiday" by Carole Boston Weatherford,
Art by Floyd Cooper
A joint review by
Grace Cavalieri and Merrill Leffler
"The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest" edited by Hadley Haden Guest
A review by Avideh Shashaani "Belonging: New Poetry by Iranians around the World"
translated by Niloufar Talebi
A review by Richard Harteis "My Vocabulary did This To Me, The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer"
A review by Laura Orem "Quantum Lyrics by A. Van Jordan Cradle Song by Stacey Lynn Brown"
A review by Ken Jacobs "Versed" by Rae Armantrout
A review by Laura Orem "Abraham’s Bay & Other Stories" by Jack Greer
A review by Mary Morris "Dreaming Invisible Voices: Poems" by James McGrath
A review by Natalie Lobe "Persephone" by Lyn Lifshin
A memoir by Yoko Danno "Lindley Williams Hubbell: a memoir" by Yoko Danno
A review by Merrill Leffler "The White Bride" by Sarah Maclay
A review by Mary F. Morris "Judah's Lion" by Anne Caston
A review by Candace Katz "Calvin" by William Littlejohn
A review by Natalie K. Lobe "Barbaro" by Lyn Lifshin
A review by Maria van Beuren "Carpathia" by Cecelia Woloch
A review by Grace Cavalieri "Soul-Hearted Partnership" by Debra L. Reble, Ph.D.
A review by Natalie Lobe "Dinner Date" by Judith Robinson
A review by Grace Cavalieri "War Bird" by David Gewanter
A review by Mike Maggio "Questions of Fire: A Question of Formality" by Gregg Mosson
A review by Cherie Walsh "Difficult Beauty:Selected Poems (1987 - 2006)" by Luis Alberto Ambroggio
A review by Cheryl A.Townsend "Judah's Lion" by Anne Caston
A review by Caroline Malone "The Call: An Anthology of Women's Writing" edited by Calder Lowe
A review by Grace Cavalieri "Wild Nights, Wild Nights: The Story of Emily Dickinson’s 'Master,' Neighbor and Friend and Bridegroom"
by Daniela Gioseffi
A review by Natalie Lobe "Basking Sharks" by V.M Fry
A review by Sabine Pascarelli "The Silk of the Tie" by Moira Egan
A review by
Yvette Neisser Moreno
"La musa Lunática" by Rafael Jesús González
A review by Carlos Reyes "The Lunatic Moon" by Rafael Jesús González
A review by Mike Maggio "Gallowglass" by Susan Tichy
A Commentary by
Grace Cavaliari
"What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009"
by Maria Mazziotti Gillan
A review by Merrill Leffler "An Omnibus Review" Various Artists
A review by Natalie Lobe "Schaeffer Brown's Detective Observations: Santa Fe"
by Candace Katz
A review by Clyde Fixmer "Beautiful Country" by Robert Wrigley
A review by Phyllis Williams "Chrysalides" by Kathie Isaac-Luke

The Editor's Showcase

These reviews can only be found on this site!
  A Review by
Grace Cavalieri
"The Monkey Tribe"
by Michael J. Vaughn
  A Review by
Peter Fontaine
"If the Heart is Lean"
by Margaret Luongo
  A Review by
Sean Reagan
"Reading Berryman to the Dog"
  A Review by
James R. Sims
"Being a Father"
  A Review by
Norman Lang Siegel
"Everything Else in the World "
by Stephen Dunn
  A Review by
Judith McCombs
"Tin Mines & Concubines: Malaysian Fictions"
by Hilary Tham
  A Review by
Avideh Shashaani
"So What"
by Taha Muhammad Ali
  A Review by
Merrill Lefler
"Water on the Sun"
by Grace Cavalieri,
translated by Maria Enrico
  A Review by
Maria Enrico
"Talismans/Talismani – Poems/Poesie"
by Maria Mazziotti Gillan,
translation and preface Elizabetta Marino

Reviews by
Grace Cavalieri

"Books for the Turn of the Year:"

Nora's Army
by Dennis Collins

The Medusa's Smile
by Laura Brylawski-Miller

The Steam Sequence
by Carly Sachs

  A Review by Sonja James "And" by Michael Blumenthal
  A Review by Maureen Thorson "Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004.
The Joy of Cooking (Airport Novel Musical Poem
Painting Film Photo Hallucination Landscape)
" by Tan Lin
  A Review by Dianna Henning

"A Journey of Two Writers-By Heart" authored by:
Judith Tannenbaum & Spoon Jackson

  A Review by Mary Morris "Something Deeper Happened:Young Voices and the 2008 Election"
Avideh Shashaani, Editor, Archbishop Desmond Tutu (foreword)
  A Review by Bill Burman "Operaville" by Michael J. Vaughn
  A Review by Mary Morris "Looking for Don—A Meditation" by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson

Best Picks by Grace Cavalieri

"Their Other Side: Six American Women & the Lure of Italy,
 Essays by Helen Barolini"

Helen Barolini
"Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest" B.H. Fairchild
"Italian Women In Black Dresses" Maria Mazziotti Gillan
"The Porcelain Apes of Moses Mendelssohn" Jean Nordhaus
"Three New Collections of Poetry from Wesleyan University Press"  
"The Wished-for Country" Wayne Karlin

"Gilbert & Garbo in Love; A Romance in Poems"

Christopher Conlon
"Eight Pale Women" James C. Hopkins
"And We The Creatures" C.J. Sage
"Stolen Moments and other stories" Ariel Smart
"Someplace Like This" Renee Ashley
"Italian American Writers on New Jersey" Jennifer Gillan, et al.
"Gleanings" Vivan Shipley
"The Women Who Loved Elvis All Their Lives" Fleda Brown
"Affection for the Unknowable" Len Anderson
"Lessons from a Castle" Jean Emerson
"Blood Autumn (Autunno di Sangue)" Daniela Gioseffi
And very honorably mentioned…
"The Palace of Ashes" Sherry Fairchok
"Between The Blast Furnaces And the Dizziness, 
  A Selection of Poems: 1970-1999
Milo De Angelis
"The Bard on the Brain" Paul M. Matthews, M.D. Jeffrey McQuain, Ph.D.
"The Low End of Higher Things" David Clewell
"Show And Tell, New and Selected Poems" Jim Daniels
"De/Compositions" W.D. Snodgrass
"To Sound Like Yourself " W.D. Snodgrass
"Rollercoaster" Miles David Morre
"Children of the Moon" Sonja James
"Shift" Tammy Vitale
"Gilgamesh" Yusef Komunyakaa
Chad Gracia

Grace Cavalieri has authored 14 books and 20 produced plays. She was a founder of radio station WPFW-FM in Washington D.C. Her program " The Poet and the Poem" has been on public radio for 30 years without interruption, now from the Library of Congress via NPR satellite. She has founded two poetry presses in Washington DC. Grace writes for stage, opera, and radio. Her play, Quilting the Sun enjoyed a staged reading at the Smithsonian Institution, and premieres at Centre Stage, S.C. in 2007.

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