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Attention Span – Michael Kelleher

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Roberto Bolaño, trans. Natasha Wimmer | The Savage Detectives | Picador | 2008

Juliana Spahr | The Transformation | Atelos | 2007

Tyrone Williams | On Spec | Omnidawn | 2008

Richard Deming | Let’s Not Call It Consequence | Shearsman | 2008

Susan Howe | Souls of the Labadie Tract| New Directions | 2007

Thomas Mann | The Magic Mountain, trans. John E. Woods | Everyman’s Library | 2005

César Vallejo, trans. Clayton Eshleman | The Complete Poetry: A Bilingual Edition |  California | 2007

bpNichol, ed. Darren Wershler-Henry and Lori Emerson | The Alphabet Game: A bpNichol Reader | Coach House | 2007

Gary Sullivan | PPL In A Depot | Roof | 2008

Linda Russo | Mirth | Chax | 2007


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Attention Span – Rodney Koeneke

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K. Silem Mohammad & Anne Boyer, eds. | Abraham Lincoln issues 1-3 | NA | 2007-2008

Nascent American sensibility change in easy-to-staple trading card form.

Hannah Weiner | Hannah Weiner’s Open House, ed. Patrick Durgin | Kenning | 2006

Each room has many mansions. More doors, please, soon.

Gary Sullivan | PPL in a Depot | Roof | 2008

Brecht shutting cell phone to mustachio Mozart with Caucasian circle chalk. “Between the dark and the thyme soufflé … mmmm …”

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

New eyes for old wineskin yclept “Beat.”

Sharon Mesmer | Annoying Diabetic Bitch | Combo | 2008

Dear Poetry: Please can you be like this sometimes always?

Kevin Killian | Selected Amazon Reviews, ed. Brent Cunningham | Hooke | 2006

The nation speaks through its stars—Reviewer #80 is America’s Most Wanted detourniste.

Maryrose Larkin | The Book of Ocean | i.e. | 2007

Newton’s apple fallen and washed to Eve’s, sent into re-orbit: poems for a world like that.

Benjamin Friedlander | The Missing Occasion of Saying Yes | subpress | 2007

Transatlantic two-step for treated Bösendorfer. My feet slip over at ends of lines, like when you trip in dreams. Your catching yourself’s the poem.

Alicia Cohen | Debt and Obligations | ms | forthcoming, 2008

To make Temecula and connected earth systems versus all reason sweet and green. “Actual people breathe the ghost.”

K. Silem Mohammad | Breathalyzer | Edge | 2008

That thing Greil Marcus said about buying an album of Dylan breathing hard? That. Esp. when breath moves like this. “There’s no way we’re not going to start a ruckus in a country town.”

Jules Boykoff & Kaia Sand | Landscapes of Dissent: Guerilla Poetry and Public Space | Palm | 2008

Field manual for the practice of not sitting on hands, pitched against “the almost imperceptible social octave known as normality.”


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Attention Span – Stan Apps

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Roberto Bolaño | The Savage Detectives | Picador | 2007

I read it too, and it’s as good as they say. The best conventional novel about avant-gardism ever!

Martha Dandridge Custis, with afterword by Abigail Smith | Comment is Free: Participatory Politics for a New Age | Lil’ Norton | 2008

A fine study of free speech of the comment box variety, tonic for all of us who think that dictators are usually good for the first 14 months and that the Bush family should not be allowed to procreate. Because this book tackles the most important issues of our time, it naturally does not matter; we are reminded that, in these times of crisis, there is nothing so idle as to speak of significant things.

K.W. Jeter | Dr. Adder | Bluejay | 1984

I don’t know if it really started cyberpunk or not, but this early 80s classic has to be read to be believed. It must be the only book ever written in which a person who performs unnecessary amputations is emblematized as a salvific moral force. The sex scenes with the rat-eating sewer girl are good too. Mythic!

Stewart Home | Memphis Underground | Snowbooks | 2007

Home’s newest evolves from a satire contrasting suburban and urban (ghetto) life, to a touching memoir of friendships in the art world. He’s probably the best British novelist writing at the moment, and this is his most playfully intimate novel. Do the British people a favor and read this instead of any of their dreary official novelists.

Douglas Mao and Rebecca Walkowitz, eds. | Bad Modernisms | Duke | 2006

This fine book of essays resurrects the evil and awful sides of Modernism, pointing at some of the courageous badness and sniveling abjection that coexisted with the boring masterpieces. This book helps us to perceive a less sanitized Modernist era which prefigures contemporary interest in the communicative power, utility, and authenticity of awful writing.

Sheron Mesmer | Annoying Diabetic Bitch | Combo | 2007

Finally a poet meaner than Lenny Bruce. For all those who have been spiritually exploited by the iconography of the Olsen twins, get this book and be healed.

Jennifer Moxley | The Middle Room | Subpress | 2007

There’s a quality to the tone of this book, as if Tolstoy were resurrected as a Valley Girl, that is truly charming. It’s also nice to be reminded that, when it comes to literature, “charming” finally does transcend all else. This book succeeds in engrossing me in the details of all sorts of things that I would have thought I had no interest in, as well as being completely (but not at all brutally) honest about the real motivations for writing poetry.

bpNichol | The Alphabet Game: a bpNichol Reader; ed. Darren Wershler-Henry and Lori Emerson | Coach House | 2007

A great collection of Canada’s most versatile and inventive poet. Poem-drawings like “Aleph Unit” amaze me every time I look at them. Nichol’s greatness comes from his ability to draw attention to and make expressive use of language’s semantic and visual properties simultaneously, keeping the reader alert to the crisis point at which visuality becomes semantic.

Ara Shirinyan | Your Country is Great: Afghanistan—Guyana | Futurepoem | 2008

This book revolutionizes (will revolutionize?) poetry based on internet searches, showing us the nature of the attention archived on the internet by taking us to the margins of that attention. It’s the first attempt to view the globe as the internet does: I’m very interested in what sort of work will be forthcoming from people who digest and react to this book.

Gary Sullivan | PPL in a Depot | Roof | 2007

Gary Sullivan demonstrates that free speech is all about hurting people, wanting to hurt people, and other illusions of agency. These plays show us how much it matters by being brutally honest about how little it matters; the formal care and attention that goes into these collages weights even the lightest, most banal statements with foreboding emblematic import.

Joseph Thomas | Strong Measures | Make Now | 2007

I think this is the first book of avant-garde poetry ever constructed 100% out of lines and words plagiarized from a volume of conservative poetry. Beginning with the anthology of “new formalist” poetry, Strong Measures, Thomas wrings interest out of the most grey-suited academic work imaginable, producing an awkward and zany beauty. As an act of critique, this book is hilarious; as an act of salvage, it shows just how much a work can be improved by the right plagiarist.


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