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In The Forms of Discomfort, Kallen explores the mind’s navigation of itself and its darkish, yet revelatory, meanderings, along with the nuanced interactions between one’s mind and the minds of others. Despite grappling with these challenges, Kallen never loses sight of the comfort that is present in discomfort. In this paradox, ultimately, the poems exhilarate.

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Sacred Cows


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Book Reviews

West Bank Story

American Book Review

Volume 38, Number 3, March/April 2017, pp. 13-14