I am incredibly grateful to Joe Benevento at the Green Hills Literary Lantern for his thoughtful, detailed, and generous review of my latest collection of poetry, Quality of Life. To read the full review click here. Below you’ll find a few excerpts:
Tandon demonstrates throughout Quality of Life that he understands loss, the ethereal nature of any good moment. Yet he … insists what we think and do has to matter, and that our resiliency and sympathy are what make it matter…
He leaves us with the impression that it maybe can be a “wonderful life,” not because it’s a constant string of successes and happy moments but because of our ability, if we choose to use it, to see something funny and something redeeming, not in all things, but in as many things as possible…
Tandon’s gift then is to know there is a time for laughter, a time for tears, and sometimes a time just to work and sweat through the pain, to our common blessing, which is also our common curse. Somehow that curse loses much of its power to overwhelm, once we have turned all the pages in [his] masterful Quality of Life.
My review of Jill Osier’s should our undoing come down upon us white, winner of the 2013 Frost Place Competition, appears in the latest issue of Pleiades. Click here to read the title poem. And here and here to read a couple more poems from this wonderful collection.
This latest issue of Pleiades (34.2) also includes:
Features: Martha Collins introducing Sara Eliza Johnson, Jack Pendarvis introducing Maegan Poland, and Eleanor Goodman introducing Wang Xiaoni
Folio: Post-Troubles Belfast Poets: Jean Bleakney, Moyra Donaldson, Damian Smyth, Gearoid Mac Lochlainn, Sinead Morrissey, Leontia Flynn, Miriam Gamble, and Sam Riviere
Fiction: by Kate Crosby, Patrick Dacey, Venita Blackburn, S. Brady Tucker & Mary Troy
Essays: by Mark Halliday and Drew Calvert
Poems: by Andrew Grace, Joel Brouwer, Melissa Kwasny, Kuno Raeber, Peter Cooley, Katie Ford, Amy Sparks, Chana Bloch, David Dodd Lee, Sarah Murphy, Jason Olsen, Emily Ho, Carmen Gimenez-Smith, Dan Bellm, Bruce Whiteman, Maya Jewell Zeller, Rich Smith, C. Dylan Basset, Shane Mcrae, Cintia Santana, Laura Van Prooyen, Joshua Marie Wilkinson