Pacific Rim Review of Books

Issue Fourteen

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Complete Issue Contents:


  • “O Rare Jack Hodgins”: The Master of Happy Endings and The Invention of the World
    by Jack Hodgins; Jack Hodgins: Essays on His Works, ed. by Annika Hannan
    Reviewed by Linda Rogers
  • “Surprise Within Continuous Form”: Collected Poems by Michael Longley
    Reviewed by Bert Almon
  • White Egrets by Derek Walcott
    Reviewed by George Elliot Clarke
  • “Robin Blaser Remembered”: Robin Blaser by Stan Persky and Brian Fawcett
    Reviewed by Heidi Greco
  • “Anne Carson’s Nox, Multa Nox”: Nox by Anne Carson
    Reviewed by James Edward Reid
  • “Reflections on Cancer and Music”: Cigar Box Banjo by Paul Quarrington
    Reviewed by Eric Spalding
  • Cigar Box Banjo: Notes on Music and Life by Paul Quarrington
    Reviewed by Richard Stevenson


  • Music Books: Pops by Terry Teachout; Thelonius Monk: The Life and Times of an
    American Original by Robin DG Kelley
    Reviewed by Joseph Blake
  • Just Kids by Patti Smith; A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
    Reviewed by Joseph Blake
  • Diplomacy: Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century
    by William Engdahl,
    Reviewed by Reg Little


  • “Alias Stephen Scobie”: RLS: At the World’s End by Stephen Scobie
    Reviewed by Jamie Dopp
  • “Terse Stories of Middle-Aged Angst”: The End of the Ice Age by Terence Young
    Reviewed by Eric Spalding
  • Bandit Love by Massino Carlotto
    Reviewed by Carol Cooper
  • Razor-Wire Dharma by Calvin Malone
    Reviewed by Patrick Carolan
  • “Joys and Lamentations from Tibet”: In the Forest of Faded Wisdom: 104 Poems
    by Gendun Chopel, Ed. and trans. by Donald S. Lopez
    Reviewed by Trevor Carolan
  • “On Taking Charge of One’s Life”: Seven Good Reasons Not to Be Good
    by Terence Young,
    Reviewed by Eric Spalding
  • “Days Are to Be Happy In”: Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt
    By Richard Wirick
  • Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
    Reviewed by Nadine Lucas
  • The Language of Water by Genine Hanns
    Reviewed by Elizabeth Rhett Woods
  • “Heading Home”: A Demon in My View; The Undertaker’s Wife; When Does a
    Kiss Become a Bite by Len Gasparini
    Reviewed by Linda Rogers
  • Walt Whitman’s Secret by George Fetherling
    Reviewed by Al Maclachlan
  • “Michael McClure in Seatlle”
    By Carol Ann Sokoloff
  • “The Meat Lab of Michael McClure”: Mysteriosos and Other Poems by Michael McClure
    Reviewed by Paul Nels
  • Unfurl, Kite, and Veer by Bill Yake
    Reviewed by Howard McCord
  • Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada by Andrea Lanlois et al
    Reviewed by Paul Falardeau
  • “We Didn’t Know”: Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
    Reviewed by James Edward Reid
  • “Book News From Japan”: Sumo by David Benjamin; Tokyo: Megacity by Doanld Richie
    Reviewed by Hillel Wright
  • “Two by Manolis”: Triptych and Rendition by Manolis
    Reviewed by Amy Henry
  • Straw Things by Charles Tidler
    Reviewed by Ben Pleasants
  • “Poetry and Poetics from the Margins”: Hidden Agendas: Unreported Poetics,
    ed. by Louis Armand; Imperfect Penance by Mitchell Parry; Do Not Write This and Roots in the Stone by Ibrahim Honjo
    By Sanja Garic-Komnenic
  • The Shadow of Sirius by WS Merwin
    Reviewed by Hannah Main-van der Kamp
  • Pacific Passages, ed. by Patrick Moser
    Reviewed by Lane Anderson