Tony Zurlo’s chapbooks Go Home Bones and Quantum Chaos: Learning to Live with Cosmic Confusion

It’s poignant, and potent, to be reading Tony Zurlo’s anti-war poems in his 2010 chapbook Go Home Bones on this day, the ninth anniversary of 9/11....(more...)

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Reviews for

In the past few years I’ve reviewed a number of books by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) whose stories delivered compelling drama, but whose writing left something to be desired. If there’s one thing Peace Corps Volunteers come home with, after all, it’s stories. But not everybody knows how to tell them. It’s challenging, if not downright disheartening, as a reviewer, to walk the tightrope between cherishing memorable narratives and lamenting inadequate craft. So it is with considerable relief that I find myself able to say that Joseph Monninger knows how to write.

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2-2009 | First Comes Love, then Comes Malaria:  How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life by Eve Brown-Waite

9-2008 | Dirty Water: A Red Sox Mystery By Mary-Ann Tirone Smith and Jere Smith

1-2008 | "Coyota" by Martha Egan

7-2007 | "Intimate Colonialism" by Laurie Charles

7-2007 | "Fiji 1970" by Tom Tatum

5-2007 | "Impressions of Arvo Laurila" by Lauri Anderson

3-2007 | "Grains of Golden Sand" by Delphi Messinger