Black Lawrence Press
September 8, 2011

Shelley Puhak’s STALIN IN ARUBA “Brims with dark humor”

Chamber Four recently reviewed Shelley Puhak’s award-winning Stalin in Aruba, awarding it a 10 out of 10 for language: “The poetry, lyrical, full of fresh, vivid imagery, is saturated with grim irony….Even the titles of many of these poems burst with sardonic wit:  “What They Left Out of My Obituary,” “Yevgenia’s Pick-Up Line,” “Why Lenin’s Embalmer Will Miss Dinner,” “The Lady Laudanum-Drunker, 1889”: they almost sound like punchlines, and then you read the poems and realize, again, they aren’t so funny after all.” Click here to read the entire review, and here to buy a copy of this fantastically subversive collection.

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