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Honest reviews are hard to write. Writing this one was like crawling through a series of increasingly smaller eyes in increasingly smaller needles. But I got to the end. The short version: Check out Spork’s Chapbook series because it takes the idea of a series seriously. The long version : the long version.

Maybe next time I’ll just record a video of my facial expressions as I read the book.  Or maybe it’s review break time?

Thanks to Ryan C for making the pictures look presentable.

It is long so I don’t know if any one will actually “read” it. But I hope so.

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Joe Hall is the author of five books of poetry, including Someone's Utopia (2018) and Fugue & Strike (forthcoming). His poems, reviews, and scholarship have appeared in Poetry Daily, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Postcolonial Studies, Peach Mag,, PEN America Blog, Poetry Northwest, Ethel Zine, Gulf Coast, Best Buds! Collective, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. He has taught poetry workshops for teachers, teens, and workers through Just Buffalo and the WNYCOSH Worker Center.


  1. Tom

    No no not break time. Post that video to youtube. It could be a whole series. “Poetry reaction videos” Boy would I watch that.

  2. Ha! I would really like it if the internet did have a home address. And I guess this is all pointing to the fact that I should get an iWhatever that does all this shit in one.

  3. Tom

    “Dear the internet:

    here is some videos of me making faces while i read books. please put these on the computer(s) for people to watch.

    – Joe ‘Poetry Reviewer’ Hall”

    i have a computer but cannot use it due to mental/physical/spiritual concerns involving masturbation.

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