About Literatur & Poesi

Literatur & Poesi began after I lost my job as a bookseller of 7 years after I lost my job to COVID. I am a poet and essayist and have a MFA degree from the University of Minnesota. I will be reviewing literary fiction, various types of nonfiction, poetry collections, the occasional young adult novel or graphic memoir, both older and newly released, and will also be giving recommendations on all sorts of literary miscellany. Thanks for visiting, and I’d be happy for any feedback you might have.

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September 2020

For Love of Local Writers & Publishers

To Siberia by Per Petterson is an exquisitely written story of a brother and sister who are torn apart by war. The author, of Out Stealing Horses fame, never names his narrator, and when the book begins, she is a 60-year-old woman remembering her childhood with (and without) her beloved brother. Their small town...

5 New Nonfiction Books I’m Reading

Like Crazy: Life With My Mother by Dan Matthews A touching story about the relationship between an aging, unstable mother and her son, and how family, even in the most trying of circumstances, can bring us together to give us the biggest and best moments we will have in our memories. Dan’s mother has...

5 New Novels on My Wish List

Pew by Catherine Lacey In a small town in the American South, a genderless figure suddenly appears in a church pew, racially ambiguous, small, and refusing to speak. One family takes in the stranger, and nicknames them Pew. Pew is shuttled from household to household as the town readies itself for a mysterious Forgiveness...

I Want YOU: Election Year 2020

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the 20th Century by Timothy Synder This compact 80-page book could be started and finished on any afternoon car ride, (or an hour or two on your couch). The author gives us a look back through the mistakes of capitalism’s most cataclysmic human errors of the 20th century, and...