Academic journal article Hollins Critic

Books by Our Editors

Academic journal article Hollins Critic

Books by Our Editors

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Here, dear readers, for your information and delight, are three worthy new books published by our contributing editors during the past year:

Cathryn Hankla, Great Bear. Flashcards and sonnets to long poems that stretch over pages, varied and adventurous in form, Cathryn Hankla's eighth collection of poems, Great Bear, strikes a mature note in terms of tone, range, and subject matter. While her preoccupations with the natural world and relationships remain consistent with her previous work, she considers time itself in a suite of poems devoted to the island of Malta, and meditates, in the title poem, on the art of teaching and the loss of a great student and friend. Great Bear invites readers to share in great emotions from erotic love to the loss of elders. According to R. T. Smith, "Sure of hand and eye, precise and bold with words, Hankla remains a poet worth following." Roanoke, Virginia: Groundhog Poetry Press, $14.00 (pa.)

David Huddle, My Immaculate Assassin. In David Huddle's sixth (and startling) new novel, Maura Nelson has found a way to execute someone using only the computers in her home office--silently and anonymously, so that her target appears to have died of natural causes. After "eliminating" Bashar al-Assad, she entices Jack Plymouth into a partnership to rid the world of those "they decide" need to be dead. …

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