Christy Desmet reviews Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare, edited by Scott L. Newstok

Cover of Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare"To conclude, I would like to offer a word of praise for the press. In an age when commercial presses are seeking out smaller manuscripts, Parlor Press is willing to publish a longer compilation of criticism such as this one. At the same time, there is no 'fluff'; the book is tight and—a tribute to both editor and press--cleanly edited. Not least important, the paper is of good quality, the typeface handsome, and the binding solid. My copy traveled by plane, train, and automobile across the Atlantic and suffered the usual indignities of academics' paperbacks, including the use of pens and pencils as bookmarks, all without significant wear. These production values, in combination with Kenneth Burke's quirky mind and Scott Newstok's judicious editing, make Kenneth Burke on Shakespeare an aesthetically pleasing as well as edifying read." (11/2007)

—Christy Desmet, The Upstart Crow 26 (2007): 124-28

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Kevin Killian on Puppet Wardrobe by Daniel Tiffany

Cover of Puppet Wardrobe"It would be hard to summarize my views of Daniel Tiffany's book PUPPET WARDROBE without resorting to hyperbole. We all know there are dozens of undeservedly neglected poetry books arriving every year, but the mystery that surrounds this one is like that of the Mary Celeste, ominous and thick with Stygian gloom of the high seas. Tiffany should be a household name and not just for silver or breakfast! They should be carrying him on their shoulders when they win the Rose Bowl. You see, I'm at it already." —Kevin Killian (Amazon Top 100 Reviewer) at (10/2007).

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About Peter Riley's A Map of Faring and Free Verse Editions

Map of Faring Cover"Peter Riley's most recent full-length poetry collection, A Map of Faring, is precisely the sort of project that is helping to distinguish the newly established Free Verse Editions, a joint venture between Free Verse and Parlor Press. With its commitment to featuring translations, combined with an international scope, Free Verse Editions has been consistently proving that the site of contemporary poetry consists not so much of place, but of places and their rich, adjacent terrains." —Word for Word: A Journal of New Writing (Issue 14, Fall 2008).

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