Six months after its release, Lambda reviews Stephen Motika's first book-length collection of poems, the beautifully titled Western Practice. Earlier, PW said, "Nervy, desperate, and mysteriously stoic, Motika's debut is a paean to California's artists, geography, and history that wrestles with urban diminishment and cacophony every step of the way." Now Shane Manieri praises this work "packed with images of its bays and fowl, cities and bridges, hills and valleys," and says "it comes as no surprise that one of Motika’s central characters in Western Practice is Harry Partch. Partch was a hobo, an instrument builder, a musician (who bought land in southern California), and a man who mostly had romantic relationships with men; coincidentally, Partch happened to look just like Walt Whitman."
Late reviews abound. Three months after FSG pubbed it, the NYT Book Review finally on Sunday covered Lisa Cohen's lesbian triple-bio, All We Know [Kindle]. And somehow I still haven't promoted one of my favorite books of the spring, Håkan Lindquist's deft and moving short novel On Collecting Stamps, about the friendship between a bright 12 year-old boy and a depressed middle-aged gay man.