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Matthew Burgess, edi­tor, Sec­re­tary Press Soft­cover $28.99 (142pp), 978-0-9883214-9-6

Ah, the make-be­lieve hide­outs chil­dren cre­ate un­der beds, in clos­ets and large card­board boxes, etc.—tiny refuges for un­in­ter­rupted play, a se­cret ren­dezvous lo­ca­tion to meet with imag­i­nary play­mates, or even a safe place to es­cape very real threats. “We go in, and we go in­ward,” writes Matthew Burgess in the in­tro to this re­mark­able col­lec­tion. “Small spa­ces fa­cil­i­tate the dis­cov­ery of an in­te­rior, imag­i­na­tive realm.” In all, fifty ac­claimed writ­ers and vis­ual artists of­fer very in­ti­mate in­ter­pre­ta­tions of child­hood reverie, es­cape, sex­ual self-dis­cov­ery, and on and on. Are these spa­ces, as Burgess sug­gests, “a lost union with the ma­ter­nal body”? It cer­tainly seems likely, al­beit with bet­ter snack­age.

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