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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Gently Read Lit.

Gently Read Literature, an online journal of criticism on poetry and literary fiction, is a joy to both look at and read. Including beautiful artwork in its pages, this journal also offers essays and criticism in an online form that almost makes you forget you are reading virtually.

This month, Rita Mae Reese reviews Shane McCrae's Mule (Cleveland State Poetry Center, 2011), a book I have coveted ever since reading some of his pieces in a number of journals. Maggie Nelson's The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (W.W. Norton, 2011), which is the talk of everyone who loves books these days, is discussed by Daniela Olszewska. Lynne Tillman's latest work is also covered in the October issue.

If you enjoy literary criticism, this online journal is worthy of your attention. (You can also contribute as a reviewer, if you so desire. See their guidelines, and their list of books available for review.)

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