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The Bloody Planet by Callista Buchen

B O O K R E V I E W In The Bloody Planet, Callista Buchen calls out to the geographies of the solar system, considering the local and the grand, the Earth-bound and beyond. Her speakers are searchers—through far-flung examinations and pursuits of strange landscapes, they bring us face to face with what it means to be human. On Mercury, “Scars gather flesh— / fall apart. The ground writes, rewrites.” The speaker asks again and again: “What does it matter?” What matters is the gravity of place. What matters…

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