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Reviews for Camouflage for the Neighborhood

Lorene Delany-Ullman’s Camouflage for the Neighborhood explores a subject of much recent national concern: the effect of militarism upon America, both collectively and in its citizens’ individual psyches. While this territory has been explored by writers such as Kevin Powers (The Yellow Birds), Brian Turner (Here, Bullet), Ben Fountain (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), Jehanne Dubrow (Stateside) and Siobhan Fallon (You Know When the Men Are Gone), Delany-Ullman brings to this conversation a prose poet’s eye for the way that many small parts, like individual strokes in a pointillist painting, fit together into a larger canvas. Rain Taxi (Steven Wingate)

The language of Camouflage is spare and clean and unequivocal. The poet was wise to eschew traditional poetic, metrical forms; to render the stunning ordinariness of the violent acts that are a part of our everyday lives…. Here, the rectangles of text imply an ordered world belied by the words that are found within them. The poems’ language packs a metaphorical punch and the reader feels it in every line. Spillway (Lynne Thompson)

The War, in Camouflage, is not an event, but a place. A place must be constantly reproduced, and in Camouflage, we see it reproduced in the networks of the psyche; of economic distribution; of transportation systems; of medical care; of children’s games. It is the place in which we create narratives for ourselves by appropriating the War’s repertoire of words and things. And Camouflage for the Neighborhood is the narrative of this: the place, even the impossible place, where we can see these narratives forming. Warscapes (Noam Scheindlin)

Lorene Delany-Ullman’s Camouflage for the Neighborhood displays the many dimensions of war. The collection perceives war in a universal, humanistic, complex, and anxious way, which points the reader’s attention to the idea that “war is never clearly war” (64). Delany-Ullman’s excellent images and juxtaposition of child and adult, man and woman, the outsider and the soldier, and the machine and the institution, fully grasps the overall intricate relationship of violence and the individual. Tab: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics (Alex Gobel)

This is not a book about war as suffered by combatants or as fantasized by Hollywood’s audiences. It is a book about the militarization of ordinary individuals, arguably about the militarization of the United States. Poets and War (Stephen Sossaman)

Lorene Delany-Ullman’s Camouflage for the Neighborhood is both a collection of deceptively simple short prose poems and, all together, a resonating, provoking, deeply sad long-lifetime of a narrative in pieces.  It is an indictment of history and memory, not to mention a camouflage itself. It is a small book, seventy-one paragraph-sized glimpses, gasps, moments and stories of lives in the familiar war zone of our county and beyond, told with the permanent melancholy and honest, unyielding curiosity–and I choose my words carefully here–required in order to examine what Gore Vidal called life in the permanent garrison state. OC Weekly (Andrew Tonkovich)


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Recent books of poetry or poetics recommended by Valparaiso Poetry Review: Camouflage for the Neighborhood, Firewheel Editions

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Reviews for Sweet Spot (an excerpt)

Santa Monica Review: The Spring 2014 issue of the only nationally distributed literary magazine published by a community college is now available for public consumption….Stand-out work includes a nonfiction meditation on being the wife of a minor league baseball player from poet Lorene Delany-Ullman (Camouflage for the Neighborhood) Santa Monica Lookout (Daniel Larios)