Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses
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Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses

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The winner of honors from the National Book Critics Circle, Publishers Weekly, Poets & Writers,
and others, and acclaimed by readers and reviewers nationwide, the
Pushcart Prize series continues to be a testament to the flourishing of
American fiction, essays, memoirs, and poetry in our small presses.
Paperback, 596 pages
Published December 14th 2008 by Pushcart Press
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Andrew
I like the poems of course and a prose piece called "Juice". It's sort of a travel piece and sort of a memoir but primarily an assessment of poetry from Zimbabwe since 1980. The thing I remember most is the idea that appreciation for poetry happens in a social/political context. It seemed a bit of a rationalization to me at first, but after thinking about it I see that it makes sense when there is no standard for appreciating poetry from any place that was written at any time.
Faith
So far, so good. Enjoying reading articles, poems and stories I have definitely missed. My small press exposure is woefully lacking, and I have no one to blame but myself.

10/5 This was a hefty read, but well worth the time invested. The range of subjects and styles across all three genres was amazing, and the quality of the writing was consistently high. I'm not sure I have a favorite piece, because there were stories, poems, and essays to appeal to all facets of my imagination and interests.

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Jen
My man managed to snag a Pushcart Prize Special Mention in this thing, so now we own another fat book with his name written in tiny print in a list at the back. But hey, Joyce Carol Oates is there in tiny print at the book's rumpus too, so all in all, not so bad.
On to the stories! The first story was amazing- started out strong and then started swirling Shirley Jackson-esque quickly. Brilliant all the way through the story. When I finish reading the whole fat thing I will review more.
Matt
A fun anthology that I'm discovering for the first time thanks to a gift from Courtney. I really enjoyed most of the non-fiction selections, and I also liked much of the fiction. The book is massive, so there was a good variety and I got to read lots of different kinds of stories written in lots of different voices. I was less enamored of the poetry selections, on the whole, though I'm definitely glad I read through this book.
Teresa
I really, really like the begining of this collection and I am suprised b/c often I find the Pushcart not a true representation of the writing which was published during the year but this seems very well put together.

I do wish the poetry was a bit stronger. I always wish the poetry was stronger:)

Okay now the middle is really, really boring.
Wendy
So excited to get this book from Watermark Books, a lovely independent bookstore in Anacortes, Washington. I read it slowly, dipping into over two years, always enjoyed it.
Yvette Ward-Horner
Even better than I was expecting. Nearly all of the stories are wonderful and I enjoyed several of the essays, though I'm not really an essay person.
Taya V
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I love looking at this publication and seeing the new and the old thrown together and a look see at what the new and the old writers are up to.
Kate Baldwin
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I love short stories, and these are definitely some of the best I've ever come across.
Sandra Clark
This is one of my favorite collections of short stories. Highly recommend it.
Lubovedsky
This is really a nice collection of stories,poems and essays
Kevin Gallan
wonderful book of stories
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