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My review of ‘The Truth Is’ by Avery M. Guess published by Diode + submission call!

My review of The Truth Is by Avery M. Guess was just published in Diode, a poetry journal and independent press that publishes poetry books and chapbooks.

If you’re interested in writing reviews, browse through some the reviews Diode publishes in each monthly issue to get a feel for how they are written. Many presses/authors will provide a review copy for free. You can learn tips on how to write reviews here: How to Write a Book Review in Ten Easy Steps (just kidding; it's not always easy) - guest blog post by Eileen "Mish" Murphy and find a list of lit mags looking for reviews here: Where to Submit Book Reviews-60 Lit Mags/Journals!

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

The Truth Is is a poetry book published by Black Lawrence Press. Here’s a excerpt from my review:

“Guess unleashes a vulnerable honesty that only poetry can hold--the human capability of empathy and awareness. She reminds us that we can be survivors, that living creatures endure and still find remnants of desire in the smallest of things, ‘Holding the plum / my mother handed me / still wet from the sink'That first bite. The taste. / So unexpected. So alive.’ And in silence, in a life with less noise, how we ache for it and imagine ourselves into it when physically we can be nowhere else.”

Read the complete review here:

Review: The Truth Is by Avery M. Guess

You can read more about Avery M. Guess on her web site here:

Avery Moselle Guess is a recipient of 2015 NEA Fellowship for Poetry, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and residencies from the Albee Foundation and the Ragdale Foundation. Recent and forthcoming publications include poems in Crab Orchard Review, Moon City Review, Thrush, Rogue Agent, Tinderbox, Glass, Rust + Moth, and Deaf Poets Society and creative non-fiction in Entropy and The Manifest-Station. Her chapbook, The Patient Admits, is out from dancing girl press, and her first full-length collection of poetry, The Truth Is, was published in April 2019 by Black Lawrence Press.

Diode is currently open for submissions. They read submissions year-round and do not charge a reading fee. “We welcome all types of poetry (including, but not limited to, narrative experimental, visual, found and erasure poetry). We also accept poetry in translation, and collaborative poems.”

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DEADLINE: Year-round


FORMS: poetry



FORMAT: Online and print


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