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Gregory Pardlo Four Way (Stahlecker Selections), 2014 84 pp; ISBN-13: 978-1935536505 IN GREGORY PARDLO’S LATEST BOOK, Digest, he manages an incredible balancing act. His poems are narrative and personal; they incorporate domestic themes; they take on the father; and they manage to weave in classical references without placing his work so high on the ivory […]

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Portrait of a Young Painter: Pepe Zúñiga and Mexico City’s Rebel Generation

Portrait of a Young Painter: Pepe Zúñiga and Mexico City’s Rebel Generation

Mary Kay Vaughan Duke University Press Books, 2014 pp. 304; ISBN-13: 978-0822357810 TEN YEARS AGO, historian Mary Kay Vaughan set out to research the learning experiences of youth who became involved in the 1960s student demonstrations in Mexico City. These were the same demonstrations that culminated in the infamous 1968 Tlateleloc Massacre. Then she met […]

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War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony

Nelson A Denis Nation Books, 2015 400 pp; ISBN-13: 978-1568585017 April 21 MARKS THE 50th anniversary of the death of Pedro Albizu Campos. Most Americans likely haven’t heard of Albizu Campos or his plan to challenge the United States’ control of Puerto Rico. His supporters remember him as an organizer, an intellectual, and a revolutionary. […]

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Splitting an Order

Splitting an Order

Ted Kooser Copper Canyon Press, 2014 96 pp; ISBN-13: 978-1556594694 ONE OF THE POEMS THAT STAYS WITH ME the most from Splitting an Order, Ted Kooser’s first new collection in ten years, is “Those Summer Evenings,” his take on Robert Hayden’s classic and much-anthologized “Those Winter Sundays.” In his characteristically laconic but nonetheless musical voice, […]

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