Taking the Road Less Traveled

Taking the Road Less Traveled

Painting Over the Growth Chart  By Dan Rattelle. Wiseblood Books, 2024. Paperback, 63 pages, $15. Reviewed by A.M. Juster.  The spirit of Robert Frost surely does not look kindly on claims that some new poet walks in his footsteps, particularly one with a fancy-pants...
A Wild Ride Characterized by Potholes

A Wild Ride Characterized by Potholes

Jesus in the Minnows: A Catholic Beat Memoir By David Craig. Angelico Press, 2023. Paperback, 216 pages, $17.95. Reviewed by Alex Taylor. There are two types of people in the world. Those who like the Beat poets and those…well. Beat poet turned monastic Thomas...
Mysteries Require Odes, Not Emails

Mysteries Require Odes, Not Emails

The Saint Mary’s Book of Christian Verse Chosen and Introduced by Edward Short. Foreword by Dana Gioia. Gracewing, 2022. Paperback, 412 pages, $25. Reviewed by David G. Bonagura, Jr. In a technocratic and materialist age, an individual or institution’s attitude toward...
Lofty Prose in a New Translation of Beowulf

Lofty Prose in a New Translation of Beowulf

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation Translated by Ben J. Reinhard.  Cluny Media, 2022. Paperback, 278 pages, $18.95. Reviewed by Jonathan B. Himes. To describe Ben Reinhard’s approach to his new verse translation of Beowulf, the back cover offers the following keywords:...