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Reviews & Praise for "The Spud"

Reviews & Praise for "The Spud"

Through the infinite layers of experience, Brilliant grabs the reader by our shoulders.
— Jessie McCarty, for Hooligan Mag

Read an interview with Brielle Brilliant in Hooligan Mag

The writing zips between inner memory and outer world with such speed that the boundary between the two begins to melt away … To read The Spud is to find yourself at the center of a constellation of possibilities rather facing down a single hard, cool reality … Brilliant is masterful at conjuring this experience, playing and tinkering with the point at which narrative breaks down into naked, exposed words without ever letting them dissolve into chaos.
— Colin Flynn, for Cleveland Review of Books

Read a review of The Spud in Cleveland Review of Books

Startling and haunting, an unforgettable debut.
— David Gutowski, for Largehearted Boy

Check out Brielle Brilliant’s notes & music playlist for The Spud on Largehearted Boy

Reviews & Praise for “Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion“

“Their handling of athletes’ words is careful and respectful, and the results are surprising: profound, funny, poignant and occasionally beautiful."

review & excerpt at Flavorwire


“It's poetry that takes the very best of what is said in the heat of battle, and reforms those erratic sentences into a passionate profile of the player. "

review & excerpt at The Commish


"The interactions between media and players have become increasingly standardized—mindless cliches and then reporters trying to squeeze blood from those stones…the best way to create meaning is to chisel those stones down and then pile them up with a bunch of others into an interesting shape."

Q&A at Hardwood Paroxysm


"Hilarious and sometimes inspiring…"

interview at


"Best of 2015" selection

CBC Books & Orlando Weekly & The Globe and Mail & Connected


"A substantial thread of Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion is that of the power and nature of human experience. If there is sublimity and humor, there is also the moral repugnance of Don Imus’ 2007 remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team alongside Fuzzy Zoeller’s offensive “joke” about Tiger Woods…"

review at The Found Poetry Review


"Language trickery peaks a few times when several voices merge and Malla and Parker present a poem with a group of indistinguishable narrators … It’s just one of many notes that these skilled poetic DJs hit in this unique and surprising book. Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion sets out to find the poetry in sports talk. Through clever sampling and an attention to sound and form, Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker succeed."

review at The Los Angeles Review