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Attention Span 2011 | Titles Mentioned Five Times or More

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The seventy-five contributors to Attention Span 2011 referred to 856 works in all. Single mentions constitute fully three-quarters of the total list, but as in previous years there are some patterns of overlap: one title was mentioned by seven contibutors, another by six, three books were cited five times, four four times, twenty-three three times, and fifty-three were mentioned twice.

Titles Mentioned Five Times or More | Click on contributor initials to view individual lists

Susan Howe | That This | New Directions | 2010 | DBQ DD JE MP MS PaMc RD

Robert Duncan, ed. Michael Boughn and Victor Coleman | The HD Book | California | 2011 | DBQ DD LS PQ RD TC

Caroline Bergvall | Meddle English | Nightboat | 2011 | DD EM MP PaMc RL

Jennifer Moxley | Coastal | The Song Cave | 2011 | DB JC JP KK RS <note

Cedar Sigo | Stranger in Town | City Lights | 2010 | DB EB JE JS JW

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November 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Attention Span 2011 | Titles Mentioned Four Times

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The seventy-five contributors to Attention Span 2011 referred to 856 works in all. Single mentions constitute fully three-quarters of the total list, but as in previous years there are some patterns of overlap: one title was mentioned by seven contibutors, another by six, three books were cited five times, four four times, twenty-three three times, and fifty-three were mentioned twice.

Titles Mentioned Four Times | Click on contributor initials to view individual lists

Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith, eds. | Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing | Northwestern | 2011 | BKS PS RL VP

Eileen Myles | The Inferno | O/R Books | 2010 | JC MQ SW TS

Christopher Nealon | The Matter of Capital | Harvard | 2011 | CW FB JoCl SB

Alice Notley | Culture of One | Penguin | 2011 | AB DD JG MSH

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November 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Attention Span 2011 | Titles Mentioned Three Times

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The seventy-five contributors to Attention Span 2011 referred to 856 works in all. Single mentions constitute fully three-quarters of the total list, but as in previous years there are some patterns of overlap: one title was mentioned by seven contibutors, another by six, three books were cited five times, four four times, twenty-three three times, and fifty-three were mentioned twice.

Titles Mentioned Three Times | Click on contributor initials to view individual lists

Amanda Ackerman | The Seasons Cemented | Hex | 2010 | AC HA MaTi

Charles Bernstein | Attack of the Difficult Poems | Chicago | 2011 | AL MSH RL

Michael Boughn | Cosmographia: A Post-Lucretian Faux Micro-Epic | BookThug | 2010 | DD MQ PQ

Norma Cole | To Be at Music: Essays & Talks | Omnidawn | 2010 | BF PQ SN

Tim Dlugos, ed. David Trinidad | A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos | Nightboat | 2011 | EB NO SiSc

William Fuller | Hallucination | Flood | 2011 | CW DD KT

Christian Hawkey | Ventrakl | Ugly Duckling | 2010 | EM MP PP

Uyen Hua | a / s / l (age / sex / location) | ingirumimusnocteetsonsumimurigni | 2011 | JMW JoCl MS

Frances Kruk | Down You Go, or, Négation de Bruit | Punch | 2011 | KT NO SG

Joseph Lease | Testify | Coffee House | 2011 | DTG GM JC

Donato Mancini | Buffet World | New Star | 2011 | BF MT SC

Peter O’Leary | Luminous Epinoia | Cultural Society | 2010 | GCW PP RD

Jena Osman | The Network | Fence | 2010 | JW MD PaMc

Ron Padgett | How Long | Coffee House | 2011 | BB MSH RD

Srikanth Reddy | Voyager | California | 2011 | DBQ JE MP

Arthur Rimbaud, trans. John Ashbery | Illuminations | Norton | 2011 | DT JePe JoCl

Andrew Schelling | From the Arapaho Songbook | La Alameda | 2011 | BF JR PP

Juliana Spahr | Well Then There Now | Black Sparrow | 2011 | CW DTG RL

Elizabeth Willis | Address | Wesleyan | 2011 | PaMc PP RD

Ronaldo Wilson | Poems of the Black Object | Futurepoem | 2009 | AC JG JS

Uljana Wolf, trans. Susan Bernofksy | Falsche Freunde / False Friends | Ugly Duckling | 2011 | MP NO RL

Lissa Wolsak | Squeezed Light: Collected Poems 1994-2005 | Station Hill | 2010 | JW PP PQ

Steven Zultanski | Cop Kisser | BookThug | 2010 | KT MaTi NO

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November 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Attention Span 2011 | Titles Mentioned Twice

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The seventy-five contributors to Attention Span 2011 referred to 856 works in all. Single mentions constitute fully three-quarters of the total list, but as in previous years there are some patterns of overlap: one title was mentioned by seven contibutors, another by six, three books were cited five times, four four times, twenty-three three times, and fifty-three were mentioned twice.

Titles Mentioned Twice | Click on contributor initials to view individual lists

Brian Ang | Paradise Now | Grey Book | 2011 | DTG JMW

Stan Apps | The World as Phone Bill | Combo | 2010 | HA MaTi

Rae Armantrout | Money Shot | Wesleyan | 2011 | KT RS

Gregg Biglieri | Little Richard the Second | Ugly Duckling | 2011 | CD KK

Daniel Borzutzky | The Book of Interfering Bodies | Nightboat | 2011 | JG JoSt

George Bowering | My Darling Nellie Gray | Talonbooks | 2010 | MQ PQ

Brandon Brown | The Persians by Aeschylus | Displaced | 2011 | KK NO

Louis Cabri | Poetryworld | Cue | 2010 | MQ SC

Joshua Clover, trans. into French by Abigail Lang | Fragment on the Machine | na | 2011 | BA JMW

William Corbett | The Whalen Poem | Hanging Loose | 2010 | PP SiSc

Michael Cross | Haecceities | Cuneiform | 2010 | DTG JePe

Kieran Daly | Plays/ For Theater | bas-books | 2011 | AL CD

Amy De’Ath | Erec & Enide | Salt | 2010 | SC SG

Timothy Donnelly | The Cloud Corporation | Wave | 2010 | FB SB

Patrick James Dunagan | There Are People Who Think That Painters Shouldn’t Talk: A Gustonbook | Post-Apollo | 2011 | NO JS

Craig Dworkin | The Perverse Library | Information as Material | 2010 | KD PS

Elaine Equi | Click and Clone | Coffee House | 2011 | DT TPT

Michael Farrell | thempark | BookThug | 2010 | AL PB

Robert Fitterman | Now We Are Friends | Truck | 2010 | LC PS

Benjamin Friedlander | Citizen Cain | Salt | 2011 | DB FB

Forrest Gander | Core Samples from the World | New Directions | 2011 | DBQ PP RD

Renee Gladman | Event Factory | Dorothy | 2010 | EB NO

Lawrence Giffin | Sorties | Tea Party Republicans | 2011 | MB MS

Marosa di Giorgio, trans. Jeannine Marie Pitas | The History of Violets | Ugly Duckling | 2010 | HA RL

Peter Gizzi | Threshold Songs | Wesleyan | 2011 | JP MP

Rachel B. Glaser | Pee on Water | Publishing Genius | 2010 | NO JoSt

Carla Harryman & Lyn Hejinian | The Wide Road | Belladonna | 2011 | CW DD

Jennifer Homans | Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet | Random | 2010 | BB SB

Paolo Javier | The Feeling Is Actual | Marsh Hawk | 2011 | NO TPT

Tony Judt | Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 | Penguin | 2005 | BB JP

Mark Leidner | Beauty Was the Case That They Gave Me | Factory Hollow | 2011 | JoSt NO

Astrid Lorange | Eating and Speaking | Tea Party Republicans | 2011 | KD PB

Farid Matuk | This Isa Nice Neighborhood | Letter Machine | 2010 | EB RD

Bernadette Mayer | Studying Hunger Journal | Station Hill | 2011 | AB MS

Deborah Meadows | Saccade Patterns | BlazeVOX | 2011 | KK MD

Lorine Niedecker, ed. Jenny Penberthy | Collected Works | California | 2002 | JP MSH

Linda Norton | The Public Gardens | Pressed Wafer | 2011 | JC PaMc

Michael Palmer | Thread | New Directions | 2011 | PP RL

Marjorie Perloff | Unoriginal Genius | Chicago | 2010 | RL VP

Tom Pickard | More Pricks Than Prizes | Pressed Wafer | 2010 | KT SG

Meredith Quartermain, drawings by Susan Bee | Recipes From the Red Planet | Book Thug | 2010 | EM PQ

Evie Shockley | The New Black | Wesleyan | 2011 | CW LS

Patti Smith | Just Kids | Ecco | 2010 | GM MTF

Juliana Spahr & Stephanie Young, authors and eds. | A Megaphone | ChainLinks | 2011 | JW JMW

John Taggart | Is Music: Selected Poems | Copper Canyon | 2010 | GCW LS

Mathew Timmons | The New Poetics | Les Figues | 2010 | HA LC

Cecilia Vicuña and Ernesto Livon Grosman, eds. | The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry | Oxford | 2009 | CW RL

Dana Ward | The Squeakquel | The Song Cave | 2011 | CW DTG

Dana Ward | This Can’t Be Life | Edge | 2011 | AB NO

McKenzie Wark | The Beach Beneath the Street | Verso | 2011 | BKS JoCl

Philip Whalen, ed. Michael Rothenberg | The Collected Poems | Wesleyan | 2007 | CEP MeNe

Christian Wiman | Every Riven Thing | Farrar | 2010 | PM RS

Raúl Zurita, trans. Anna Deeny | Purgatory | California | 2009 | LS RL

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November 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Attention Span 2011 | Barbara Jane Reyes

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I am teaching Filipino Literature in two different universities over the next few semesters, and so the works in my attention span are a reflection of this:

R. Zamora Linmark | Leche | Coffee House | 2011

Bino A. Realuyo | The Gods We Worship Live next Door | Utah | 2006

Bienvenido Santos | Scent of Apples | Washington | 1979

E. San Juan, Jr., ed. | On Becoming Filipino: Selected Writings of Carlos Bulosan | Temple | 1995

Carlos Bulosan | The Laughter of My Father | Bantam | 1946

Lynda Barry | One Hundred Demons | Sasquatch | 2005

Nice Rodriguez | Throw It to the River | Women’s | 1993

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, ed. | Growing Up Filipino II | Philippine American Literary House | 2010

Edna Zapanta Manlapaz, ed. | Songs of Ourselves: Writings by Filipino Women in English | Anvil | 1994

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Attention Span 2011 | Sawako Nakayasu

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Juliana Leslie | More Radiant Signal | Letter Machine | 2010

The poems feel diaphanous, and like they wouldn’t fare too well in a bar fight, except for the fact that we are all thrown off our stools by a strange and beautiful light that disappears when you turn away, or does it.

Don Mee Choi | The Morning News Is Exciting | Action | 2010

There is so much I love here. If this is postcolonial literature I want to write postcolonial literature too, though I can’t, being Japanese and/or American.

Zachary Schomburg | The Man Suit | Black Ocean | 2007
Zachary Schomburg | Scary, No Scary | Black Ocean | 2009

Love is when a boat is half-buried by all the cobwebs of eyelashes in the ocean.

Kiwao Nomura, trans. Kyoko Yoshida and Forrest Gander | Spectacle & Pigsty | Omnidawn | 2011
Hiromi Ito, trans. Jeffrey Angles | Killing Kanoko | Action | 2009

Nomura’s poems are just as hypnotizing as they are in the original Japanese–darkly gorgeous and radiant, as the ‘orgasm-monger plods past/ nerve ants plod past.’ Norma Cole in her book of essays compares the expansiveness of theater-making to that of her experiences with group translation, and I think she is onto something there–perhaps the future is in collaborative translation.

One of the first things I heard about Hiromi Ito was that Japanese women in the 80s were trembling in the closet reading her work with a flashlight. Some have chalked up her work to an aesthetics of the shocking (as in, Kanoko is the name of her own daughter), but it’s been a very important part of Japanese feminist poetry these last few decades.

Frances Chung | Crazy Melon and Chinese Apple | Wesleyan | 2000

Chinatown is a place to go eat chinks. It’d be kind of silly to label this work something like the Chinese-American New York School, but I just did and yet it’s much more than that–in fact the last thing I want to do is to wrap it up under some Chinese-American bubble because it cuts across these lines, similar-different to Teresa Hak Kyung Cha. Walter Lew sent it to me this summer when I was bugging him about Yi Sang. Thank you, Walter. Thank you, Frances. I have always loved the color celadon, but now joining it on the palette is duck shit green. 

Norma Cole | To Be at Music: Essays & Talks | Omnidawn | 2010

A guided tour of Norma Cole’s readings, thinking, and practice…including some excellent writings on translation, Mina Loy, and color. Now the heartbreak of the rational.

Lily Hoang | The Evolutionary Revolution | Les Figues | 2010

Their bodies begin as uncooked noodles, stiff and starchy, but as their heads wander, they limpen, soften, become saturated with dream.

Miryam Sas | Fault Lines: cultural memory and Japanese surrealism | Stanford | 1999

It’s true that I’m working on a Japanese Modernism project right now, but as I go back into this book, I am finding that it offers a conversation about more than just that particular time and place–examples of how to think about cultural transactions, or write about writing, or consider Surrealism inside and outside of its original and secondary contexts.

Marisol Limon Martinez | After you, dearest language | Ugly Duckling | 2005

This analogue version of hypertext is a wonderful way to house a narrative, and makes me think about more analog-digital potentials in poetry. (I also recently realized that I am married to a technophile-technophobe.)

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Attention Span 2011 | Stephen Burt

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Angela Leighton | On Form: Poetry, Aestheticism and the Legacy of a Word | Oxford | 2007

Art for art’s sake becomes art for form’s sake becomes art for the sake of nothing, or nothing inside: a nihilism not for destructive Russians but for pensive, patient ancients, in a line of descent that starts with Lucretius and keeps on ticking, to (take your pick) Stevens or Ashbery or you or me. Bonus: includes the best case I have ever seen for sustained attention to the thoughtful poetry of W. S. Graham.

Jennifer Finney Boylan | She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders | Broadway | 2003

“I didn’t want to be told I had to be a woman…. People can’t have everything they want, I thought. It is your fate to accept a life being something other than yourself.

“I don’t think this is so crazy, even now. If I could have pulled this off, I would have.”

Christopher Nealon | The Matter of Capital: Poetry and Crisis in the American Century | Harvard | 2011

At least half the people who read Third Factory probably knew this book was on the way: it’s out, and it’s short, and it doesn’t disappoint. Some of its supposedly contrarian claims are going to be commonplaces pretty soon—sort of like the claims in The Well-Wrought Urn. Bonus: includes the best case I have ever seen for sustained attention to the thoughtful poetry of Kevin Davies.

Timothy Donnelly | The Cloud Corporation | Wave | 2010

Another long-awaited book about the deformations that way-too-late capitalism works on the voice and the soul; exhilarating and saddening at the same time. It helps if you, too, love Stevens, disappointments, urbanity and urbanneness (not the same thing, and not in that order). “Right around here is where I start getting lost.”

Jennifer Homans | Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet | Random | 2010

I started reading this book because I had to (it was a candidate for an award): I didn’t think I cared for ballet at all. By the time I finished it I had come to care a great deal, not just for the art form and its history, but for the magisterial way in which Homans takes her imagined reader in hand: it’s a doorstop, but it’s also a masterpiece, and it’s a book you ought to consult if you ever plan to write a large-scale cultural history of anything at all.

Charles Baudelaire, trans. Wallace Fowlie | Flowers of Evil/ Les Fleurs du Mal and other works: a dual language book | Dover | 1992 (1963)

“Through the symbolic bars separating two worlds, the main road and the castle, the poor child was showing his own toy to the rich child who was greedily examining it.”

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Stephen Burt is a professor of English at Harvard. His books include The Art of the Sonnet, with David Mikics, and Close Calls with Nonsense.

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