Pacific Rim Review of Books

Issue Sixteen

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Complete Issue Contents:


  • “The Delicate Violence of the Dance”: The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane
    Reviewed by Hilary Turner
  • “‘A Magnificent Flowering’: The Poetry of Gjertrud Schnackenberg”
    By Doug Beardsley
  • Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
    Reviewed by Linda Rogers
  • “Big Tim, Ram Dass & the Psychedelic Culture”: Birth of a Psychedelic Culture
    by Ram Dass and Ralph Mezner
    Reviewed by Bill Pearlman
  • “All that Lies Beyond the Frontier of Language”: Lives Like Loaded Guns:
    Emily Dickenson and Her Family’s Feuds by Lyndall Gordon
    Reviewed by James Edward Reid
  • Pause for Breath by Robyn Sarah
    Reviewed by Yvonne Blomer
  • “André Malraux: Tomb Robber”
    By Jim Christy
  • “Watching the Rain Fall in Hilo Town”: P’u Ming’s Oxherding Pictures & Verses;
    The Sasquatch at Home by Eden Robinson; George Harrison: Living in the
    Material World by Olivia Harrison; Old Lives by John Schreiber
    Reviewed by Trevor Carolan


  • Music Books: “Rock, Etc”: Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music
    edited by Nona Aronowitz; Rock and Roll Always Forgets by Chuck Eddy;
    Flying Saucers Rock ’n’ Roll, edited by Jake Austen
    Reviewed by Joseph Blake
    Decoded by Jay-Z
    Reviewed by Joseph Blake
  • CD Review: Let Go! by Carol Sokoloff
    Reviewed by Joseph Blake


  • At the Interface of Culture and Medicine by E. Waugh, O. Szafran & R. Crutcher
    Reviewed by Marina Parapini
  • “A Tribute to Spoken Word”: The Spoken Word Workbook: Inspiration from Poets
    to Teach edited by Sheri-D Wilson
  • “Goings-On at a Magical Sex Club”: House of Holes: A Book of Raunch
    by Nicholson Baker, reviewed by Eric Spalding
  • “A Nobel Laureate on Suicide: Kenzaburo Oe and Juzo Itami”: The Changeling
    by Kenzaburo Oe, translated by Deborah Boliver Boehm
    Reviewed by Eli Kirzner
  • “The New New Orleans”: Groove Interrupted by Keith Spera; New Atlantis
    by John Swenson, reviewed by Joseph Blake
  • Demeter Goes Skydiving by Susan McCaslin
    Reviewed by Yvonne Blomer
  • The Beautiful One Has Come by Suzanne Kamata
    Reviewed by Hillel Wright
  • Songs from a Yahi Bow: Poems about Ishi edited by Scott Ezell
    Reviewed by John Carroll
  • Moonlight in the Redemptive Forest by Michael Daley
    Reviewed by Marjorie Romme
  • “Travails of a Sikh-Canadian Women”: Everything Was Good-Bye
    by Gurjinder Basran, reviewed by Eric Spalding
  • Opera Bufa by Manolis
    Reviewed by Amy Henry
  • Versed by Rae Armantrout
    Reviewed by Bill Pearlman
  • Coyote by Elizabeth Rhett Woods
    Reviewed by Kevin Watt
  • refrain by Jason S. Polley
    Reviewed by JoAnn Dionne
  • J-Boys by Shogo Oketani
    Reviewed by Peter Tieryas Liu
  • “The Big One That Got Away”A Season to Remember: The Vancouver Canucks’
    Incredible 40th Year by Grant Kerr
    Reviewed by Joel Smart
  • “The Cure for Ache by Flying”: Past Imperfect, Present Tense by Derk Wynand
    Reviewed by Hannah Main - van der Kamp
  • The Bright Well: Contemporary Canadian Poems About Facing Cancer
    edited by Fiona Tinwei Lam, reviewed by Christopher Levenson
  • “Knitting All Night”: Working With Wool, edited by Sylvia Olsen
    Reviewed by Peter Grant
  • March End Prill by Bryan Sentes
    Reviewed by James Edward Reid
  • “Literatures From Around the Pacific”: Empire’s Proxy by Meg Wesling; Intimate Strangers
    by Vanessa Smith; Soldiers on the Cultural Front by Tatiana Gabroussenko; The
    Routledge Concise History of Southeast Asian Writing in English by Rajeev Patke
    and Philip Holden; Eastern Sentiments by Yi T’aejun
    Reviewed by Trevor Carolan
  • Immortality by Mike O’Connor
    Reviewed by Paul Falardeau
  • “Dreaming in Black and White”: The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern
    Reviewed by Carol Cooper