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Friday Reads: February 2021

Curated by ISABEL MEYERS
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Friday Reads: December 2020

Curated by ISABEL MEYERS
In the final Friday Reads of 2020, we’re hearing again from our volunteer readers on what books have been keeping them engrossed and entertained as the weather gets colder. For this second batch, our readers highlight books set everywhere from an Anishinaabe reserve in Ontario to Sofia, Bulgaria and a city in 1950s Italy.

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Review: The Life Assignment

ALICIA MIRELES CHRISTOFF
Ricardo Alberto Maldonado calls his poems incantatory: they are meant to be sung or recited, to gather sense through their sounds. I felt this reading The Life Assignment: the enormous power of words--flat on the page and threatening permanent inertness--rising up animated and alive when given mouth and breath and ear, like fallen leaves swirled up by the wind.