Poetry Reviews

My review of ‘Light into Bodies’ by Nancy Chen Long published by Cleaver + they are open for submissions!

My review of Light into Bodies by Nancy Chen Long was just published on Cleaver, Philadelphia’s International Literary magazine.

If you’re interested in writing reviews, browse through some the reviews Cleaver publishes in each monthly issue to get a feel for how they are written. Also, many presses/authors will provide a review copy for free.

If you aren’t familiar with Cleaver, set aside an hour or two with a glass of your favorite adult beverage and check out the variety of talented writers they publish.

Light into Bodies is a poetry book published by Tampa Press. Here’s a little more from my review:

“Nancy Chen Long presents the complexity of exploring identity from multiple perspectives—from the viewpoint of a mathematician, from a child whose mother repeatedly becomes the property of other men by the ‘generosity’ of her own father, to a daughter’s experiences growing up in a multi-cultural home and discovering the nuances of relationships in adulthood. The poems stitch together an intricate lace of childhood memories, family stories, myth, and Asian-American experience with a thread of women’s issues intertwined throughout, each conflict woven within the next to create the speaker’s complicated identity.”

Read my complete review here:

Review of Light into Bodies by Nancy Chen Long

You can read more about Nancy Chen Long on her web site here: https://www.nancychenlong.com/

Nancy Chen Long is the author of Light into Bodies, winner of the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry(University of Tampa Press, 2017)  and the chapbook Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). She is the grateful recipient of an National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry. Her work has been featured in Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Indiana Humanities. You’ll find her recent and forthcoming work in Ninth Letter, Crab Orchard Review, Zone 3, Briar Cliff Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Bat City Review, the Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and elsewhere.


Also, Cleaver is currently open for submissions. They read submissions year round, on a rolling basis, for their quarterly literary magazineLife As Activism, and Radio Plays. “Cleaver Magazine shares ‘cutting-edge’ artwork and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. We publish a quarterly literary magazine with poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, visual art, graphic narratives, and visual art. Look for the literary quarterly in March, June, September, and December. In each issue we present several emerging writers and alongside established writers and artists. We see ourselves as facilitators and stewards of the literary and artistic work that we publish.”

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Click here for submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: Rolling

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: poetry, fiction, flash, creative nonfiction

PAYMENT: None


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