The Driftless Area Review is moving to Milwaukee!
Lisa Marie Basile’s “Apocryphal” exists in that Nabokovian twilight between childhood and adulthood. Between these realms one confronts monsters and the monolithic oppression of tradition. This is “Alice in Wonderland” re-imagined as a harrowing nightmare journey, a poodle-skirted damsel thrown into the jaws of a slavering beast, who may be the speaker’s father. What remains are fragments, memories, and fantasies strewn about or reconfigured.
My review of “Vow” by Kristina Marie Darling and “The Blue Rental” by Barbara Mor, two radical feminist visionary poets.