“As a fairy tale, Taft 2012: A Novel is a welcome tonic to the bottomless cynicism that can consume our politics.
“To read these comic poems in blank verse again is to live childhood again, when the surly, often irate insect was first discovered.
Something is not right in Tel Ilan, the fictional Israeli village set in the Manasseh Hills (probably in the general vicinity of Rishon L’Tzion) in which the first seven of the eight stories in
“Sad Monsters crackles with wit, irony, and sarcasm.
“Whatever Willa Cather was, ‘brilliant writer’ would head the list for most admirers of the literary novel. . . .
“. . . don’t be put off by the magic and sorcery. If you like noir and hard-boiled mysteries, you might want to give Low Town a chance.
“Each poem reaches a moment when the mood changes, a moment of epiphany that jolts the reader out of his comfort zone and the everyday shimmers slightly as perspectives shift.”