Kissing Oscar Wilde

“…a rickshaw of sexual misadventure and gender dysmorphia.” – The Boston Globe (full story here)

“…a pansexual bildungsroman crafted with unabashed eloquence… an epidural of hope.” – DigBoston (full review here)

“… overwhelming in its urgency.” – PANK (full review here)

“It will strike a chord with any readers who themselves have been young literary bohemians.” – Albany Times Union (full review here)

The Spark Singer

Jade Sylvan’s poems are ornaments to holidays that don’t exist yet. Something with candles. Our first instinct is to treat them with extreme care, but not out of fragility, just the understanding that the sacred has occurred. Magic. Too much of the world fit into this small ritual.” —  Brian Ellis, author of Uncontrolled Experiments in Freedom

“Jade Sylvan’s poems exhibit the daring of the coquette. If there is evidence of calculated and flagrant provocation, the flagrancy softens under the solvency of an earnest and wistful longing. That longing is tempered in the kiln of molten experience; that kiln is fired by a hunger that drives this poet to seek knowledge, deep and wide-ranging. If her eloquent and meticulous craft sometimes surpasses the bounds of its prescribed forms, it is only because her characters cannot resist undoing the stays of their corsets. The flood of passion that generated these poems saturates every sandbag piled up to hem it in.” — Tom Daley