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Attention Span 2010 – Marcella Durand

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George Albon | Empire Life | Littoral | 1998

“Mass resets interior.” Tight.

Kamau Brathwaite | SAVE COWPASTOR | www.tomraworth.com/wordpress

The complete archives of this Web site, spanning many years, are word-in-and-as-witness to CowPastor’s destruction.

Peter Culley | Hammertown | New Star | 2003

A double writing this, but within sevens, form springs beauty.

Emily Dickinson | Selected Letters | Harvard | 1986

There’s probably a better and fuller edition out there somewhere, and if not, there should be. All the same, life-changing.

Paul Foster Johnson | Refrains/Unworkings | Apostrophe | 2008

We may be “immoderate,” but this book says it beautifully moderately.

Rachel Levitsky | Neighbor | Ugly Duckling | 2009

This book illuminated the complex workings of my 30-unit tenement building within the larger political and social systems within which we exist.

Michèle Métail | La route de cinq pieds | Tarabuste | 2006

Another example of Métail’s innovating form around content around form (going way past Oulipo): in this case, a route through China in five-syllable form drawn from Chinese classical poetry.

Jennifer Moxley | Clampdown | Flood | 2009

Bought at and devoured after her reading at the Poetry Project this spring. (And The Middle Room shortly thereafter.)

Charles Olson | Call Me Ismael | Johns Hopkins | 1997

Some necessary ecology to which I was way too long delayed.

Kristin Prevallet | [I, Afterlife] [Essay in Mourning Time] | Essay Press | 2007

Gets into, beautifully, the disconnects between land, life, death, action, “me” and “world.”

Karen Weiser | To Light Out | Ugly Duckling | 2009

Communiqués from the gorgeous static of growing things.

Honorable mentions: Lyx Ish’s essay in Avant-Gardening, Black Geographies and the Politics of Place; C.S. Giscombe’s Prairie Style; Maurice Maeterlinck and L.L. Langstroth’s books on bees; Kevin Varrone reading from passyunk lost at the Poetry Project (and now the book has finally arrived!).

More about Marcella Durand here. Her Attention Span for 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004. Back to directory.

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