Attention Span 2010 – Cathy Wagner
Aaron Kunin | The Sore Throat | Fence | 2010
Radical constraint. Self-reflexive to the point of wilderness.
Hoa Nguyen | Hecate Lochia | Hot Whiskey | 2009
Laynie Browne | The Desires of Letters | Counterpath | 2010
You don’t go to poetry for wisdom? When it’s funny? And formally brilliant? And aware that tradition will stick its nose in? So it picks that nose and that pocket?
Stephen Rodefer | Call It Thought | Carcanet | 2008
“Then I stand up on my hassock and say sing that, / It is not the business of poetry to be anything.” Astonishing playful poetic know-how flung around as if it might hurt somebody. Call it ambulance.
Andrea Brady | Wildfire: A Verse Essay on Obscurity and Illumination | Krupskaya | 2010
Brave and erudite. Documentary precision, passionate correlation. How do we make war out of ourselves? “What would make you throw yourself out?”
Ted Greenwald | 3 | Cuneiform | 2008
Iteration strummed to song. Say it again, Ted.
Brenda Iijima | If Not Metamorphic | Ahsahta | 2010
It’s trying to be adequate to the bio-crisis. Formally ambitious, absurdly sane.
Lance Phillips | These Indicium Tales | Ahsahta | 2010
Visceral detail: a phenomenology. “One purses fingers and lips to form a membrane.”
Akilah Oliver | A Toast in the House of Friends | Coffee House | 2009
Everything I want to quote from this book feels irritatingly depressurized when extracted from its spinning, oblique, humorous gravitas, but let’s try “this is a happy story but first i want to tell you about the shape of the incredible sadness. a porn movie you volunteer for. unpaid. untended. the sadness has that shape.”
Ara Shirinyan | Your Country is Great: Afghanistan–Guyana | Futurepoem | 2008
Funny as a crutch. As they say.
Daniel Kane | We Saw the Light: Conversations Between the New American Cinema and Poetry | Iowa | 2009
Fascinating on visionary consciousness, formal innovation, and the mutually influential connections between Duncan, O’Hara, Ashbery, Ginsberg, others and radical postwar filmmakers Kenneth Anger, Alfred Leslie, Stan Brakhage, others.