Review: I Would Leave Me If I Could. by Halsey

by Wynter K Miller

My reviews are rarely more than subjective pieces of documentation, intended to say, if nothing else: I consumed X and it made me feel Y because Z. With prose, I have a toolbox, assembled from years of encounters and semesters of coursework, that allows me to say X, Y, and Z with something like confidence. At least, I have confidence in my taste. I know what I like and what I don’t and I am comfortable articulating why. With poetry, I have no toolbox. My encounters…

Review: The Push by Audrey Audrain

by Wynter K Miller

There is little I can imagine that is more terrifying than pregnancy. I respect (of course) the opinions of the countless women who consider the process of reproduction “beautiful,” but for me personally, I’ve never been able to wrap my head around the idea of my body as a shared space. There isn’t enough room in here for me, let alone someone else. …

Review: The Magician King by Lev Grossman

by Wynter K Miller

Historically, I’ve not been the type of reader who rereads, a fact that is wholly at odds with my personality. In every other respect, I worship habit and repetition. I eat the same thing for breakfast every single day and have zero desire to deviate — no, thanks, please take your pancakes elsewhere, I want my favorite cereal and I feel uncomfortable with your attempt to expand my horizons. …

Review: There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura

by Wynter K Miller

In American literature over the last decade, the unpleasant female protagonist is having something of a moment. These women are not the principled and heroic figures of classic literature. They’re smart — to be sure, they’re every bit as educated as Lizzie Bennett and Jo March, but they’re not interested in using their talents for good. They’re interested, largely, in themselves and, because I am an American reader, my thoughts when encountering these females usually fall along the lines of: Well, who can blame…

Wynter K Miller

Wynter K Miller is an editor and writer in California. @wynterkm

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