To View Again; Re-view; Review

Thanks to John Madera and his editorial guidance and friendly networking, I have had the luck and pleasure of expanding out into the literary world to review books.

This month two of my book reviews have published.

The first was my review of George Rabasa’s The Wonder Singer (Unbridled Books, May 2009) in New Pages.

The second was my review of Michael Kriesel’s poetry chapbook Moths Mail the House (sunnyoutside, 2008) in The Chapbook Review.

Every time I sit down to write about someone’s work I constantly find myself stuck for about a day, unsure of what to write, of what to say, of how to say it. Not whether I liked it or hated it. Not why I feel the way that I do. These are the easy answers. But instead it’s how to navigate the page. They are not the best and as I have told John already, he is a FAR superior reviewer than I. However, there is a beautiful balance I find in stepping over the line to the other side, seeing fiction and poetry through the eyes of the objective.

I have a few books in my stack left to review: a chapbook, a new blockbuster, and a collection of short stories.

Keep on.


About J. R. Angelella

J.R. Angelella has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and his award-winning short fiction has appeared in various literary journals. He teaches writing at the University of Maryland, College Park and lives in Baltimore with his wife, the writer, Kate Angelella. For more information, visit his website at or follow him on twitter: @jrangelella.
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