"Better Than War" by Siamak Vossoughi

Book Review: Siamak Vossoughi’s "Better Than War"

Siamak Vossoughi’s debut collection of short stories, Better Than War, is more than simply a finely crafted, exceptional book: it is a living, breathing, emotional connection. Winner of the 2014 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, Vossoughi’s book begins with a Pearl Jam quote and a story ostensibly about shoes that delves into the politics and social reality of famine and war, and ends with a story about a book that is no ordinary book....

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Interview: Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place and is the recipient of a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive, won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry. In reference to the linked narrative, Thomas Lux says, “There is great music in these poems, and sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not since Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona . . .” Fourteen Hills Press Staff Editor...

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Revisiting 21.1: Matthew Zapruder’s “Penultimate Poem”

In Matthew Zapruder’s “Penultimate Poem” from Fourteen Hills 21.1 fragile intimacy develops through final moments. To enter the poem, the speaker asks “us to walk one more time very slowly” to “see the ghost ship / sail off the lake and into the clouds.” Rather than invoking a universal voice from the “us” of the poem, Zapruder frames the subject with a desire for shared experience. As edges shift slightly from one line to the next, the words...

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Where We Write

I spent a good portion of my allotted writing time today performing a neat bit of procrastination called ‘reading about writing,’ a trick that, done properly, can trigger virtuous feelings of productivity with little to no actual production required. Specifically, I was clicking through the more recent installments of The Rumpus’ online column, “Where I Write,” cadging information about where, and therefore how, other writers get themselves to ‘...

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Discovering Community and Creativity in San Francisco: The Honey Hive Gallery

Last month I was invited to a live hip hop/rap event hosted at The Honey Hive Gallery. I had never heard of this venue before and at first I was a little skeptical. I took the bus down to 46th Avenue and Judah Street and began searching the houses around me for the correct address. I soon discovered my diligence was unnecessary, as the yellow exterior was decorated with an unmistakable honeycomb pattern complete with four giant wasps hovering...

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A Reading of "On Homelessness" from 'Fourteen Hills 21.1'

From Elizabeth Robinson, who once dedicated a book of her poetry to "Sasquatch, who does exist," comes a poem about similarly unreal figures existing in a realistic landscape. Or rather, figures becoming unreal through a disruption of physiological needs that tend to reinforce and stabilize social identities. Instead of being defined by where they live, what they ate recently, or how their loved ones are doing, those stricken with the condition...

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Book Review: 'The Consolations' by John W. Evans

Exquisitely organized, the poems in The Consolations are not so much about grief, as set in the country of Grief. John W. Evans wrote this collection while he mourns the early death of his young wife, Katie. While not attempting to define or delineate the grief process he remains resolutely unafraid of confronting it in this work. The first seventeen poems are titled by months since Katie’s death: Seven Months, Eleven Months, etc. They are not...

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Interview: Daniel Riddle Rodriguez

Fourteen Hills Press is pleased to announce that Daniel Riddle Rodriguez is the winner of the 2014 Bambi Holmes Award for Emerging Writers for his story “Cockroach,” which was published in Fourteen Hills 20.1. Daniel is a full-time student and father from San Lorenzo, California, where he lives with his son. Moonlighting as a performance poet, he represented the Oakland Slam Team at National Poetry Slam 2014. His previous and upcoming...

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