• PUBLICATIONS

    At a Third Remove (Forthcoming)

    A literature review of Desmond Egan's Hopeful Hopkins: Essay (Goldsmith, 2017) for James Joyce Quarterly

    The James Joyce Quarterly is a peer-reviewed academic journal, established in 1963, that focuses on the life, work, and theory of James Joyce, his contemporaries, and his influences. For the journal, I have reviewed a small book by Desmond Egan entitled Hopeful Hopkins (Goldsmith, 2017). The review highlights the way Egan encourages a re-reading of Hopkins, particularly in his late Dublin years, in light of his playfulness and joviality, rather than in his depression and seriousness.

     

    The review will be published in a forthcoming issue (volume 55, issue 1-2).

     

     

     

     

    All the Home I Need

    A literature review of Kayo Chingonyi's Kumukanda (Penguin, 2017) for The Oxonian Review

    The Oxonian Review is a humanities journal run by graduate students at the University of Oxford. In their most recent issue (35.8), they featured my review of Kayo Chingonyi’s debut collection of poetry, Kumukanda (2017). The review makes the case that 2017 has been a rare high-point in the diversity of poetic form, subject, and voice and draws particular attention to the way Chingonyi’s collection is about “love” in its many forms.

     

    You can find the article here.

     

     

     

     

     

    After Sorrow, What?

    An omnibus review of Genevieve Lehr’s Stomata (Brick Books, 2016), Alyda Faber’s “Dust or Fire” (Goose Lane Editions, 2016), and Laura Broadbent’s “In on the Great Joke” (Coach House Books, 2016) for Canadian Literature

    Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review is an academic journal published by the University of British Columbia. Since its founding in 1959 by George Woodcock, the journal has become a leading one in the field of Canadian writings. Recently, Canadian Literature published an omnibus review I did on Genevieve Lehr’s “Stomata” (Brick Books, 2016), Alyda Faber’s “Dust or Fire” (Goose Lane Editions, 2016), and Laura Broadbent’s “In on the Great Joke” (Coach House Books, 2016). The article examines the ways in which these three poets push language to capture trauma, grief, empathy, and rapture.

     

    You can find the article here. The review has appeared in print in issue 233 (Summer, 2017).

     

     

    Home is the First and Final Poem

    A literature review of Les Murray's On Bunyah (Carcanet, 2016) for Review 31

    Review 31 is an online journal founded in 2011. Since then, it has gained recognition for hosting intelligent reviews of nonfiction, literary fiction, and poetry. Recently, Review 31 published my review of Les Murray’s On Bunyah (Carcanet, 2016). The article aims to create a full and coherent picture of Murray’s childhood home and his poetic responses to place.

     

    You can find the article here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    An Enclosure Not Of Imprisonment

    A literature review of Alex Wong's Poems Without Irony (Carcanet, 2016) for Review 31

    Review 31 is an online journal founded in 2011. Since then, it has gained recognition for hosting intelligent reviews of nonfiction, literary fiction, and poetry. Recently, Review 31 published my review of Alex Wong’s Poems without Irony (Carcanet, 2016). The article navigates the difficulties of Wong’s first collection by focusing on the formal aspects of its poems and considering its moral demands on the reader.

     

    You can find the article here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Under the Magnifying Glass

    A literature review of Anne Toner's The Ellipsis in English Literature: Signs of Omission (Cambridge UP, 2015) for The Oxonian Review

    The Oxonian Review is a humanities journal run by graduate students at the University of Oxford. In their most recent issue (32.1), they featured my literature review of Anne Toner’s Ellipsis in English Literature: Signs of Omission (2015). The article considers the benefits of detail-oriented literary scholarship and navigates the history of the ellipsis in English literature.

     

    You can find the article here.

     

     

     

     

     

    Rooting Rastafari

    A literature review of Darren J.N. Middleton's Rastafari and the Arts: An Introduction (Routledge, 2015) for The Oxonian Review

    The Oxonian Review is a humanities journal run by graduate students at the University of Oxford. In their most recent issue (31.2), they featured my literature review of Darren J.N. Middleton’s Rastafari and the Arts: An Introduction (2015). The article considers the commercialization of Rastafari and its implications on Rastafari’s socio-political, theological, and material dimensions.

     

    You can find the article here.

     

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    Errata:

    (1) In paragraph three, “levity” should read “livity”

    (2) In paragraph four, “Ghanian” should read “Ghanaian”

    (3) In paragraph eight and nine, “Edmunds” should read “Edmonds”