Attention Span 2010 – Susana Gardner
aRb (ar)/ARB (Rb) | joy as Tiresome Vandalism | if p then q then others | 2008
Definitely acquired from James Davies up in Manchester. I have had these two beautifully wax-sealed documents. I didn’t want to open them, that is a shame because I finally broke the seal of one today to find a wondrously spineless collaboration with public spaces both poetic and photographic. As chance would have it I opened them incorrectly (2nd first, etc) This has the feeling of poetic grab-bag, especially in the confusion of my opening them wrong. This is a wonderful response project.
Elizabeth Bryant | (nevertheless enjoyment | Quale | 2010
Fantastic book—an inquisition of what if or what were in that space of nevertheless? Where it not this, were it not what it is in this temporal state. Clever in what is not said as it is in what is. The title, (nevertheless enjoyment crafts the book and utilizes the itself to its utmost possibility, denoted by space itself, the reader must remind themselves of the title again and again—with each new page and poem. Deliberate wanton poetic spaces, hapless and wondrous, with numerous possibility toward further want and understanding.
Harry Gilonis | North Hill | Free Poetry | December 2009
A syntactic consequence or take on two classical Chinese Poets, Tu mu and Yu Hsüan-chi —Gilonis makes the ancients new again. Each poem begins, or quite a way after Tu Mu (c. 803-852 AD) (or Yu Hsüan-chi 844-869 AD)
open window winds in snow
embrace embrasure open wine
yawning like a yawl in the rain
unreefed asleep solitude a star
for Peter Manson bis Mallarmé
Danielle Pafunda | iatrogenic: their tesitmonies | noemi | 2010
Wicked. Pafunda is at her best. Even had you dared to get iatrogenic with her, well it’s no surprise she beat us all in her craft and cunning. Though I do wonder if their is a poetic possibility of iatrogenic disorder we as poets could, say inherit or intuit from our poet forbears? Perhaps this is what Pafunda is trying to get at, versus owning the role of palpitating patient? Hypnotically hip and positively derisive!
Kaia Sand | Remember to Wave | Tinfish | 2010
Here, the poet (Sand) crosses into new genre or territory of poet toward that of poet-journalist. Remember to Wave should be read as testimony, a position of witness in a time the world we live in simply want to forget. Tracing the city on foot, Sand unveils the lost story, a story that is told more through the landscape of archives as it is through the contemporary retelling of the Japanese-American POW camp experiences, and subsequent devastation of a people and culture. An incredible beauty is also unveiled in the city’s foot-journey and Sand’s mapped coordinates, and it is this: Every city needs a poet like Sand. In her own way, Sand challenges every poet to take on the city in which they live and perhaps bear the witness or voice of those that can no longer tell the story.
David Wolach | OCCULTATIONS | Black Radish | 2010
Wolach’s Occultations is at once bawdy, beautiful and electrifying. No stops are missed, whether it be textural vispo imagery sidling other occultations and palimpsestic frameworks of a new body-poetic taxonomy. If ever a book needed to stand for a poet as they are daily as much as they are poetic, Occultations meets that challenge as it speaks plainly as well as being concurrently laden with contradictory fire and in your face farce— ‘in the forest in the dilated pores of firenight/ I dare you to devour me’.
Jeff Hilson, ed. | The Reality Street Book of Sonnets | Reality Street | 2008
This is an amazing, must have collection of sonnets. I am a bit embarrassed that I did not have a copy until now. The amazing breadth and inclusion even of very anti-sonnet sonnets is fantastic. Notably for me, Sean Bonney’s, Astrophil and Stella, Bern Porter’s Sonnet for An Elizabethan Virgin (imagine oA oA oA oA oA in a sonnet), or Mary Ellen Solt’s Moon Shot Sonnet, Paul Duton’s sonic so’net (s), Alan Halsey’s Discomposed Sonnets, John Gibbens’ leaf matter sonnets, from Underscore, or Philip Nikoayev’s Letters from Aldenderry, for which I must add I once asked, what is the opposite of an erasure…I think Nikolayev has given me the answer here. Props to Hilson and Reality Street for getting this beauty into the world.
Recently acquired goodies which I am very excited about reading…
Cara Benson | (made) | book thug | 2010
Francesca Lisette |As the Rushes Were (chapbook) | Grasp | 2010
Tom Jenks | * | if p then q | 2010
Tom Jenks | a priori | if p then q | 2008
Brenda Iijima | If Not Metaphoric | Ashanta | 2010
Zoe Skoulding |You will have your own Cathedral (with cd) | Seren | 2008
Scott Thurston | Internal Rhyme | Shearsman | 2010
Scott Thurston, ed. | The Salt Companion to Geraldine Monk | Salt | 007
I got to see Byrne, Myles and Wagner read this summer, sadly did not get my hands on their books (yet). But all gave amazing readings and I will get their books before the new year.
Mairéad Byrne | The Best of (what’s left of) Heaven (first edition) | Publishing Genius | na
Eileen Myles | Inferno: ( a Poet’s Novel | OR Press | 2010
Catherine Wagner | My New Job | Fence | 2009