on Marlena, a novel by Julie Buntin (Henry Holt)

The death of Marlena Joyner – perhaps by drowning, perhaps not – is revealed at the outset of Julie Buntin’s first novel Marlena. The story is told by Catherine or “Cat,” a 32-year old librarian in New York who recalls a mere eight-month period that had occurred 18 years previously.

on New Translations of Writings by Eduardo Galeano, Adonis, and Ryszard Krynicki

Hunter of Stories by Eduardo Galeano, translated by Mark Fried (Nation Books/Hachette)
Concerto al-Quds by Adonis, translated by Khaled Mattawa (Yale University Press)
Magnetic Point: Selected Poems 1968-2014, by Ryszard Krynicki, translated by Clare Cavanagh (New Directions)

on The Iliac Crest, a novel by Cristina Rivera Garza, translated by Sarah Booker (Feminist Press)

The ilium is one of the most prominent structural parts of the human body. Its crest forms the broad upper edge of the pelvis. Every med school rookie knows its name and function. Strangely, the unnamed narrator of The Iliac Crest, an experienced physician at the Serenity Shores Sanatorium, is unable to recall the name of this most obvious bone.

Eight Poets Recommend New and Recent Titles

Welcome back to “Poets Recommend,” The Seawall’s semi-annual poetry feature, posted here in April and November. This season, eight poets write briefly on some of their favorite recently published titles. Scroll down to read. The commentary includes:

Dean Rader

on Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora (Copper Canyon Press)

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