31 December 2011

Favorite Things 2011: Craig Dworkin

Here's a Top Ten for 2011:

1. Gregg Biglieri: Little Richard the Second (Brooklyn: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011)–deservedly luxurious production for verse that  recognizes the plush caresses of lexical excesses.

2. Clark Coolidge: The Human Bond (Some New Bond Sonnets), Fell Swoop Issue 115 [New Orleans: Fell Swoop, 2011]. The first of the Bond Sonnets were published in The Insect Trust Gazette No. 2 (Summer, 1965) – who ever thought there would be sequels over 40 years later? To be read alongside Michelle Disler's new book, [BOND, JAMES]: alphabet, anatomy, [auto]biography (Denver: Counterpath, 2011)

3. Baroness Elsa (von Freytag-Loringhoven): Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings, Irene Gammel and Suzanne Zelazo, editors (Cambridge: MIT, 2011). At long-last, a book to set the record of modernism straight (or, rather, set it rightly askew)

4. Spenser Goar: Red Ink (Salt Lake: Paper Noise, 2011). A procedural writing-through of the footnotes in a scholarly edition, poeticizing the paratext.

5. Dana Teen Lomax: Disclosure (Lafayette: Black Radish Books, 2011). The most confessional poem ever.

6. Pamela Lu: Ambient Parking Lot (Chicago: Kenning Editions, 2011). Finally! A book I've been looking forward to for a dozen years now.

7. Joseph Massey: Another Rehearsal for Morning (Guilford: Longhouse, 2011). Poetry perfectly matched to the small-format, highly-crafted mode of the fine-press chapbook.

8. Mimeo Mimeo, ed. Jed Birmingham and Kyle Schlesinger. Hands-down my favorite journal – the only disappointment is that it doesn't come weekly (but the related blog makes up for that: http://mimeomimeo.blogspot.com).

9. Vanessa Place: Factory Series (more information here: http://stores.lulu.com/store.phpfAcctID=4215175). The most daring work on authorship to date.

10. Jonathan Stalling: Yingelishi: Sinophonic English Poetry and Poetics (Denver: Counterpath, 2011). A perfect example of Walter Benjamin's concept of the translator's task.

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