Two of BOA's recent stars, Nikola Madzirov and the inimitable team of John Gallaher and G.C. Waldrep, were recently featured in the Bloomsbury Review, a bimonthly "book magazine" devoted to sharing the best contemporary literature. "Our mission," they write, "is to seek out those quality books that are underserved and undeservedly overlooked by other media—bringing you reviews of books from large publishers that don’t receive the promotional budget of their bestsellers, and new books from small, regional, nonprofit, independent, and university presses you won’t discover elsewhere." Besides this, the Bloomsbury Review is "simply lively writing about good reading and great writers," and it is in this way that both Waldrep and Gallaher's Your Father on the Train of Ghosts and Madzirov's Remnants of Another Age fit quite neatly into their publication. Of Remnants, Bloomsbury's reviewer writes, "[t]his first book of his work in English is a beautiful and moving collection by a young master of the short poem. A surreal, multidimensional tone... carries them beyond history, war, or cultural fragmentation. ... His poems reach out to galaxies, rooftops, and 'womb[s] of the earth,' and examine what is and what might be, if the maker of language wishes it." Of Your Father on the Train of Ghosts, the "odd and fascinating" collaboration between G.C. Waldrep and John Gallaher, the reviewer writes, "After reading this book a few times and coming up for air, it is clear to the reader that G.C. Waldrep and John Gallaher have written an important book in the continuing exploration of the poetic moment of exhilaration and breathless reaffirmation." Your Father on the Train of Ghosts is available for purchase here. Remnants of Another Age is available for purchase here.
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