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Marcus Clayton is a multigenre Afro-Latino writer from South Gate, CA, who holds an MFA in Poetry from CSU Long Beach and is an executive editor for Indicia Literary Journal. He pursues a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. Some published work can be seen in The Oxford Handbook of Punk Rock, [PANK] Magazine, Apogee Journal, and Glass Poetry Press, among many others.

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Review – Aimee Nez’s World of Wonders

Reviewed by Alberto Sveum

Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s debut book of essays is an enchanting meeting of a reflective, lyrical study of the Earth, and the author’s personal history and her awe for the natural world.

From conversing with cardinals in the Midwest to laughing along with bonnet macaques in southern India, Nezhukumatathil has found joy in the beings of the world since early childhood. These celebratory moments—looking for birds with her two young sons, watching the fireflies at the Great Smoky Mountains—bring forth so much light. However, such celebration, such wonder, is also met with some of the darker parts of existence and questions of how humans treat this shared habitat and one another. “Where does one start to take care of these living things amid the dire and daily news of climate change?” she asks. “How can one even imagine us getting back to a place where we know the names of the trees we walk by every single day?” Perhaps it is this childlike wonder itself that can show us how to better treat one another and to revere and protect our planet. Even while encountering a nationalist school teacher and seeing the racism her Filipino mother has gone through in her own life and career, the author finds direction in studying the fireflies, the dragon fruits, and the vampire squids surrounding her and the love with which they fill her. It is only right that the enrapturing beauty of the world is brought into focus by Nezhukumatathil’s lyricism and coupled with Fumi Nakamura’s vibrant and beautiful illustrations.

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments is a triumph of poetic study and a profound display of care.

Milkweed Editions, Sept. 8, 2020, $25.00 hardcover (184p), ISBN: 978-1-57131-365-2.

Alberto Sveum is an MFA graduate from Indiana University Bloomington, where he also served as the Editor-in-Chief of Indiana Review. Lately, he’s been listening to The Pharcyde and Mazzy Star, watching What We Do in the Shadows, and trying to get outside every day.

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The summer issue of Indiana Review is out now! Here’s a look at an excerpt from Daniela Kukrechtová’s nonfiction piece, “Panelák Stories.”


Read the rest in Indiana Review issue 43.1, available for purchase here.

Daniela Kukrechtová is a Czech/US binational. She is a writer, scholar, and translator. She teaches American literature at Emerson College. Her scholarly work has been published in journals such as African American Review and the CEA Critic. Her poems and translations have appeared in Hollins Critic and CIRCUMFERENCE: Poetry in Translation and her nonfiction in Persephone’s Daughters.

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Review – Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction, by Michelle Nijhuis

Reviewed by Laura Dzubay

In a late chapter in Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction, Michelle Nijhuis shares a quote from legal scholar Holly Doremus: “Nature advocates have obtained much of what they have asked for, but they have not asked for what they really want.” The climate crisis has recently begun taking its long overdue place in the spotlight of international concern, and in that context, Doremus’s observation highlights something crucial: that we only have so much time to choose the future we want.

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