Blue Fifth Reviews

Blue Fifth Reviews – (July 2017 / #10)

Any conscientious critic who has ever had to review a new volume of poetry in a limited space knows that the only fair thing to do would be to give a series of quotations without comment but, if he did so, his editors would complain that he was not earning his money.
               –W. H. Auden, “Reading”

Each month the editors will select collections of poetry, flash, and short fiction to present to our readers. We will be heeding Auden’s advice, listing, without comment, key passages that we consider representative of the featured works. Our hope is that readers will also be moved, and will seek out the books.


April 2018 / Reviews #13 – Twin Peaks: Another Dossier – Featuring DeMisty D. Bellinger, Kolleen Carney-Hoepfner, Spencer Chou, Collin Kelley, The Lees of Memory, and Kailey Tedesco

March 2018 / #12 – Featuring Hourglass Museum by Kelli Russell Agodon, Rubbing Elbows by DeMisty D. Bellinger, and I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast by Melissa Studdard

February 2018 / #11 – Featuring Teaching a Man to Unstick His Tail by Ralph Hamilton, Vessel by Parneshia Jones, and Travel Notes from the River Styx by Susanna Lang

July 2017 / #10 – Tribute to Kathryn Stripling Byer / Featuring Marilyn Kallet, Richard Krawiec, Felicia Mitchell, Rita Quillen, and Sam Rasnake

April 2017 / #9Habeas Corpus by Cindy Hochman, Benign Protection by Anne Elezabeth Pluto, A Curmudgeon Is Born by Heath Brougher, Standards of Sadiddy by Jonathan Penton, and Graduating from Eternity by John Goode

October 2016 / #8 Chapbook Edition – Trace Particles by Allison Joseph, Pleasure Trout by Gloria Mindock, The Lunatic Ball by Margo Taft Stever, Meat Machine by Susan Swanton, and Stone Bride Madrigals by Nicolette Wong

June 2016 / #7Bury My Clothes by Roger Bonair-Agard, Justice Freedom Herbs by Margaret Rozga, and Longshot & Ghazal by Dennis Mahagin

February 2016 / #6The Map of What Happened by Susan Elbe, The Children’s War and Other Poems by Shaindel Beers, and The Narrow Circle by Nathan Hoks

December 2015 / #5Kohl & Chalk by Shadab Zeest Hashmi, Beast in the Apartment by Tony Barnstone, and between my eye and the light by Paul Breslin

November 2015 / #4 – Tribute to Walter Bjorkman

September 2015 / #3Alloy by Jan Bottiglieri, Brief Nudity by Larry O. Dean, and Letters from Aldenderry by Philip Nikolayev

July 2015 / #2Poeta en San Francisco by Barbara Jane Reyes, Together We Can Bury It by Kathy Fish, and a half-red sea by Evie Shockley

June 2015 / #1Trying to Help the Elephant Man Dance by Tim Suermondt, The Undermining of the Democratic Club by Rob Cook, and The Park of Upside-Down Chairs by Alexandra van de Kamp


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