January Review

Letter of the month A or B

The Modern Custodian

“’B’ is for Berger: Meeting Evil Neighbors with Empathy & Eloquence

Bob Freville shares an essay on Tom Berger’s Meeting Evil


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Blood Red Flags

By: Ben Arzate

Tears of a Komosol Girl is an excellent first novel. It mixes the genres of true crime, coming of age, historical fiction, and surrealism in a seamless and unique way. Szasz’s prose is excellent and vivid. Between this and her novelette Invisibility: A Manifesto, she’s one of the most exciting newer writers I’ve come across.
Highly recommended.

Ben Arzate is the author of
Elaine (Atlatl Press 2020)
Music is Over
(Malarkey Books 2022)

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January 2022 Release:
Beautifully Broken

“Fitzgerald is a warrior of words and this collection is nothing short of some of the best poetry of our time.”

Anna Fletcher: Plymouth, UK

Life Between the Lines

Laura Fitzgerald – Beautifully Broken

“POETRY has proven to be a lifeline for a Killaloe woman in overcoming depression and breaking a cycle of pain sparked by childhood trauma…
At an early age, she developed a love of writing and turned to poetry to help her explore difficult issues and the sense of having been born irreversibly broken
Ultimately, Beautifully Broken, is a collection laced with hope and optimism. There is a deep sense that, for Laura, “as life endures, my story unfolds / another new chapter to be told.”

You can read the entire interview with the poet. HERE

photo credit: John Kelly

“The poems are often very raw,” Laura said. “I want to write from the soul. I don’t shy away from issues. It also means people contact me to say they have had the same emotions. When we write and share poetry, we realize that we are not alone. I take great comfort from that.”

“I had a memory of sweeping up a collection of porcelain dolls which were broken during an argument, and some of them stained with blood. I knew I had to capture that image and begin to deal with that memory.”