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Attention Span 2011 | Erín Moure

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Theodor Adorno, trans. Rodney Livingstone | Lectures on Negative Dialectics | Polity | 2008

Not Negative Dialectics in itself, but a real way into that book, this book holds Adorno’s preparation notes for his lectures on his theory of intellectual experience that became ND. The lectures provide both a way into Adorno’s methodology in that book, and also lay out a kind of field of responsiveness, as Adorno prepares to address an audience, and moves his ideas outward. I love books like this, that let me enter into a practice more deeply.

Oana Avasilichioaei | Spelles | No Press and Hex Laboratorium | 2010

Echoes of the medieval distaff gospels, and of performance of poetry as voice (for there is a CD) and as spelling, performance of spelling (and the “elle” in “spelles” is a critical gendering of the text) as performance of the book without author (for the author’s name figures nowhere on or in the object/book), now in the hands of the reader. Echoes yes of Bergvall and Robertson here, and of the performancing in and out of English that is characteristic of Avasilichioaei’s work.

Caroline Bergvall | Meddle English | Nightboat | 2011

Bergvall’s strange rich turnings in and returnings to an English that is old, raw, syncopated, new. And feminist!

Natalee Caple | The Semi-Conducting Dictionary | ECW | 2010

Strindberg’s life. Poems amazing in their structures and a book that opens a wonderful presence and questioning of gendering.

Paul Celan, trans. Pierre Joris, ed. Bernhard Böschenstein and Heino Schmull | The Meridian: Final Version—Drafts—Materials | Stanford | 2011

Drafts, preparatory notes, revisions, and references to Paul Celan’s seminal speech on poetics, the Meridian speech. A poetics in movement, meticulously prepared. Essential.

Phil Hall | Killdeer | BookThug | 2011

These long-lined essays in poetic form are both a poetics and an autobiography of a poetic practice, and are an incredible entry (like the Adorno, like the Celan) into a poetics of space, movement, articulation, process, by a Canadian poet often underestimated.

Christian Hawkey | Ventrakl | Ugly Duckling | 2010

Trakl tracked and trailed by Hawkey, keenly on-key. Tremulous, lovely, Hawkey explores language’s strangeness by entering the foreign language—German, here—in its physicality and in its links with a human person, Georg Trakl, and another human person, Christian Hawkey. Curiously, as well, the book makes a lovely pairing with my own O Resplandor (also 2010). To enter the body of the other, by reading, in any language, making one’s own language strange.

Anxo Angueira and Teresa Bermúdez, eds. | Que lle podo ofrecer a quen me intente? un monográfico sobre Lois Pereiro | Xerais and U Vigo | 2011

A look at the work and life of the iconoclastic Galician poet Lois Pereiro (1958-1996) that includes an anthology of his poetry in translation, portraits of him by other writers, a transcript of a major reading he gave in A Coruña shortly before his death, critical articles, and new poems by others.

Meredith Quartermain | Recipes from the Red Planet | BookThug | 2010

These stories simply delighted me. Their broken turns of logic and semantics are lovely and reflect, somehow, the way I think. To read and reread.

Timothy Snyder | Bloodlands | Basic | 2011

The most comprehensive look at Eastern European 20th century history, at the turmoils, genocides, exclusions across an entire territory between Germany and Russia. A history that was kept from me, in any case, in school in Canada, and that, I suspect, is still not taught. Snyder’s book enables a new look at the area and will inspire future historians; a signal book.

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Attention Span – Sawako Nakayasu

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Vanessa Place | Dies: A Sentence | Les Figues | Los Angeles | 2005

Epically macabre, linguistically denselight, terribly terrifically continuously archaically presently engaging—it’s not a poem, nor a novel, but a sentence, should you get one.

Rusty Morrison | The true keeps calm biding its story | Ahsahta | 2008

like the spider that travels with me back through to write poetry again stop

Rosmarie Waldrop | Curves to the Apple | New Directions | 2006

Thankful to revisit all three books of the trilogy, together now, and to be read along the brilliant continuum of excluded middles.

Steven Dolph and Brandon Holmquest, ed. | Calque 2-4 | na | 2007-2008

Calque is am ambitious journal devoted to translation, which includes interviews, reviews (by reviewers who know both languages well enough to comment on the translation), reviews on reviews (it’s often a smart but harsh attack, but does the important work of promoting extended dialogue regarding what happens to translations in the US).

Pierre Joris | A Nomad Poetics | Wesleyan | 2003

Rosmarie Waldrop has her excluded middle; Joris occupies it with his middle voice—not active nor passive, home nor away—I want to go to Pierre Joris’s future please.

Kass Fleisher | The Bear River Massacre and the Making of History | SUNY | 2004

This “native american studies” (that’s what it says on its back cover) book takes an astute and compelling stance on american-ness, history, truth, and (creative) non-fiction that parallels and intersects my current thinking-living-writing in between cultures and genres.

Dolores Dorantes, trans. Jen Hofer | sexoPUROsexoVELOZ and Septiembre: A Bilingual Edition of Books Two and Three from Dolores Dorantes| Kenning Editions & Counterpath | 2007

Two books (from a lifelong project called Dolores Dorantes)—two languages—two presses—and a multiplicity of thought—tenderness in the face of massacre meet up in fragments, could only meet up as such—

Dick Higgins | foew&ombwhnw | Something Else | 1969

I love the four-column format mountains, I love the rolling hills of his essays (like Games of Art), I love the Danger Music flowers, I love the Anger Song daffodils… why “volunteer to have your spine removed” when you can be playing The Chin Game? Blessed are the clamourbound.

Susan Landers | Covers | O Books | 2007

These “cover songs” function a bit differently in literature than in those of pop music, but it does indeed give Dante’s originals (from his Inferno) a new (musical and otherwise), often fragmentary interpretation. In other words, it’s an excellent and dangerous work of translation.

Hannah Weiner | Hannah Weiner’s Open House | Kenning | 2007

If only I had known sooner the ways in which she was engaged in art and performance, with her terrific inventiveness in the events of language in both private and public realms!

Achiote Press & Tinfish Press | Ongoing

Two excellent small presses that fantastically situate their publishing projects in the growing spaces of ethnic-minority-other-avant-gardisms. Tinfish has been at it (and on the Pacific Rim, specifically) for a long time now, and Achiote is more California-based (I think?), and is relatively new.

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