Ryan Asmussen

The Duress of Solitude in Karen Solie’s “The Caiplie Caves” – Chicago Review of Books

In the wildlands of the North – in Canada, on the Scottish seaboard near Fife, on the cold, metaphysical plains of the isolated...

A Meditation on Noticing in “A Memory of the Future” – Chicago Review of Books

Eihei Dōgen Zenji—the Japanese founder of what remains one of the most vital sects within Zen Buddhism, the Sōtō school—wrote the Sansui kyō,...

Mourning and Reminiscing in “So Forth” – Chicago Review of Books

Upon initial inspection, the title of Rosanna Warren’s latest collection of poetry, So Forth, might seem like the self-deprecating wave of a too-weary...

Coming of Age in “Sin Eater” – Chicago Review of Books

Megan Campisi’s novel Sin Eater introduces us to an alternate universe, one reminiscent in many ways of Tudor England, in which certain food items are...

Every Kind of Love Going – Chicago Review of Books

It’s a dream many of us have had. Stepping through the gauzy curtains of the subconscious, we emerge in an unfamiliar place —...

A Struggle for Faith, for Understanding, for Acceptance – Chicago Review of Books

At the beginning of his latest collection of poetry, Survival Is A Style, Christian Wiman lays out the territory that serves as the...