Today at Flash Fiction Chronicles, Rumjhum reviews my second chapbook, Diptychs + Triptychs. This is quite an extensive and thorough review, and I must thank both Jim Harrington, editor at FFC, as well as Rumjhum for her interpretive gesture:
One of the things I appreciate most about this review is how Biswas does not shy away from citing two or three pieces in Diptychs + Triptychs which did not move her, or was not “one of the better pieces.” I feel this information is equally useful to any writer as are compliments, or ‘what works’ in a collection.
In addition, two other talented authors have given reviews at Goodreads, and I’d like to share them here for those of you who are not Goodreads members:
‘The stories Robert Vaughan wrote in this chapbook are delightful, funny and heartbreaking, “life affirming, desirous, and melodic.” I recommend this beautifully written and surprising collection. As soon as you open the cover, “the never heard song begins to play.”’
– Helen Cardona
‘It is the people that were once in our lives that make us who we are. We carry them with us when they aren’t here anymore. And that’s the secret: they never really leave. I wasn’t prepared to ache so much when I read this collection. To be perfectly honest, I haven’t been able to read more than a couple of pieces in one sitting. It took me a few weeks, this slim, slim book. Seven Shades of James and Elements of K. My God, the words cut like paper. So surgically precise that I didn’t feel the blood until I was wiping tears from my eyes in silence, at once seeing and missing everyone I have every lost.’
– Erin Parker
Thanks so much, Helena and Erin, for your lovely words! I really appreciate them, and you both!