2007 is about to leave us nothing but wet footprints upon the skull- here are some of my favorites:
1) Paul Violi- Overnight, Hanging Loose Press
Unquestionably my favorite book of '07 and here's one of the better reviews I've read about his book in Jacket 33-
2) Sawako Nakayasu- Insect Country B, Chapbook- Dusie Press
fellow Coldfronter dishes the goods
3) Matthew Rohrer- Rise Up, Wave Books
BigCityLit did a fearless and excellent write up on Rohrer
4) Prageeta Sharma- Infamous Landscapes, Fence Books
This eased in just as the year was beginning to ease out- I hope you found it under your Xmas tree! Read some poems from it in the latest ish of Fence
5) Laura Mullen- Murmur, Future Poem Books
Why weren't more people talking about this gem? Here's a wee interview with Mullen
6) Hugh Behm-Steinberg, Book of Days, Sorcery, Chapbook Dusie Press
Read four prose poems
7) CA Conrad, The Frank Poems, Chapbook, ypolita press
Read CA's killer poem in Sink Review
8) Structure & Surprise, edited by Michael Theune, Teachers & Writers Collaborative
9) Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, I Love Artists, University of California Press
Interview in Jacket 27
Okay, okay this was technically 2006, but I read in early 2007 so don't hate!
Journals that brought it
Cold Front Magazine
Poets & Writers
Journals that didn't bring it:
Open City- poetry almost a non-factor
New Yorker- whateva Mr. Muldoon- same boring insiders' club- so y-a-w-n
Poetry- Okay, I'm feeling the translation section but honestly Calque does it better and 90% of what I read in Poetry is just plain boring esp. the essays.
Ron Silliman- Love or hate him it's the most consistent and link-filled blog concerning poetry! & i actually love reading his movie reviews.
Jennifer Lew- 'cause it's mad funny and generally filled with lots o pictures, videos, and writing that pops
Panda Bear, Radiohead, Aesop Rock, The Roots, MIA, Animal Collective, Band of Horses, Broken Social Scene, Common
Asobi Seksu & Blonde Redhead playing live
Hopefully 2008 brings new work from Eric Baus, Sarah Gambito, Michele Glazer, Claudia Rankine, Mark Bibbins, and Li-Young Lee.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Americus, Book Two?)
Suji Kwok Kim- where you at?
David Lehman, Chris Stackhouse, Meghan Punschke, Prageeta Sharma, Coldfront, LIT
Joseph Lappie- get some sleep 'cause '08 is going to be a big year for you both as an artist & publisher!
Jared Hohl & Adam Wiedewitsch (Czar, Prime Minister, doctor - patients= pints for PSGS!)
Sandy Choi & Amyjoy Clark where are we eating in 2008?
Mina Cheong, Tara Mei Smith, Bichthu Cao Minh, Elliot Montgomery, Audrey Hawkins, Jason Napoli Brooks, Jared Hohl, Cara Wolinsky- thanks for the parties, get-togethers,hospitality, & assorted etc
Sandy Choi, Julia Li, Mina Cheong, Monica Kapoor, Audrey Hawkins, Shipra Misra, Dan Maegers, Nicole Pajor, Felisa Salvado-Keyes, James Stobie, Peter Moore and Mike thanks for coming out to the T&W readings
Blog Shout-outs (Keep blogging- don't leave me lonely)
Angela Veronica Wong
Julia, Cara, Audrey