The Draw of Broken Eyes and Whirling Metaphysics by Clifford Brooks: Review

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        Clifford Brooks, a veteran poet, has injected a new collection of verse into the greater scope of Southern literature. His work stands out, however, in that it is not only beautiful, but tells a beautiful story as well.     His poems burst with examples of the need for-and illustration-of the concept of psychological resilience. Clifford writes from the heart, yet still pays clear attention to detail. His work can at times appear simplistic, while impregnated throughout with terms\ideas that are advanced in both intellectual and cultural fashions. He reveals human existence from a new light.     One example that caught this reviewer's attention occurred at the book's end in his epic entitle The Gateman's ...

February 7, 2013

Review: Mountain Man

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    Mountain Man by Keith C. Blackmore   Reviewed by Juanima Hiatt, Nonfiction Editor         Mountain Man tells the apocalyptic tale of Augustus “Gus” Berry as a lone survivor on the outskirts of a town laden with the undead—a town which he must frequent in order to stay alive.     Gus has managed to distance himself from the danger by commandeering an upscale, abandoned home on the mountain overlooking the infected city, but ransacking those homes down below for canned food and other necessities is Gus’s ticket to survival. There’s just one problem: even the undead need a roof over their heads, and Gus never knows when they’ll meet him at the door, or come flocking to ...

June 24, 2012

Review: The Pursuit of Cool

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    The Pursuit of Cool, by Robb Skidmore   Reviewed by Gila Heller, Assistant Editor       The Pursuit of Cool, Robb Skidmore’s debut novel, follows young adult protagonist Lance Rally through his turbulent college career in the 1980s. Lance, who comes from a prestigious, stuffed-shirt family in suburban Virginia, befriends Ian LaCoss, the product of a divorced hippie couple in California. While Lance enters Langford College with every intention of succeeding academically, Ian doesn’t seem to care about grades, and he hijacks Lance onto a path of excessive drinking, recreational drug use, and chasing girls, all in the name of— as the title suggests— the elusive “cool” moniker. Lance succumbs to peer pressure every time, ...

April 17, 2012

Review: Blood of Requiem

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  Blood of Requiem, by Daniel Arenson: What Can a Story About Dragons Teach Us About Resilience? By Rocky Reichman, Editor-in-Chief Watch Me Bounce (.com) (Warning: May contain spoilers). What is Resilience? There is no one answer to this question. Resilience can lie in a myriad of situations, and is more of a type of response rather than reaction to a specific adversity. But despite its broad definition, there are situations which anyone will mark as resilient. Let's take a look at one below: Imagine you are the son of a powerful king, ruler of a race more powerful than any other people that can shift into dragons at will. You are heir to the throne, ...

August 28, 2011