The Fourth River

Book Review: Hick Poetics: An Anthology of Contemporary Rural American Poetry, Edited by Shelly Taylor and Abraham Smith

By on December 15, 2016

By Abby Minor   Will the Real Folks Please Stand Up?: Rebellion, Authenticity, and Identity in Hick Poetics   I was raised by a man who had opinions about the word “creek.” My father never missed an opportunity to remind

Book Review: Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Sprits, and the return of Artisanal Foods, by Suzanne Cope

By on May 12, 2015

–by Sharla Yates, associate editor, The Fourth River   Something More: A Food Movement Story When you take a bite out of a $7.00 artisanal chocolate bar, you expect something more than what a less expensive, mass-produced chocolate can provide—more

Of Red-tailed Hawks and Earth Writing: A Review of Earth Works, by Scott Russell Sanders

By on August 5, 2013

Reviewed by: Brigette Bernagozzi   Earth Works Scott Russell Sanders ISBN 978-0253000958 Indiana University Press, 2012   “I am sometimes asked if I am a ‘nature’ writer,” Scott Russell Sanders writes in the preface to his newest book, “as if paying

Review: Miraculum, by Ruth L. Schwartz

By on July 21, 2013

Reviewed by Marguerite Sargent   Miraculum Ruth L. Schwartz ISBN 978-1-932870-59-6 Autumn House Press   In Miraculum, her stunning and vital fifth collection, Ruth L. Schwartz writes with thoughtful precision and praise of the wounded. These poems have a way

Review: Theft, by BK Loren

By on March 16, 2013

Reviewed by Luke See   Theft B.K. Loren ISBN 978-1-58243-819-1 Counterpoint Berkeley, 2012   In the opening pages of B.K. Loren’s debut novel Theft, three children gather around a dying bird. It is a quiet scene held together with nuance and