Review of The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer in Free State Review

October 22, 2020

Autumn House is grateful to Free State Review and Derek Berry for providing an in-depth review of The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer by Eric Tran.

Essay-like in length and with an exacting approach, this review explores the context of Tran’s poems in the history of queer poetry and the influence pop culture and comic books have on his work. Here’s an excerpt from the review:

“Tran maps grief and sexuality with bold confession and formal ingenuity. His circuity of cultural and historical allusions operates in a tradition of pop culture poetics– a funhouse mirror maze of references.”

We welcome you to read the full review of Eric Tran’s debut poetry collection, which is available here.

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