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My Angie Dickinson
4.55
Totally winning instance of le flarf classique.
Mar 2007
Jul 28, 2007
 
The Ecstasy of Capitulation
4.83
Borzutzky's antic energies and special feel for the demotic have made this a much funner summer.
Jun 2007
Jul 28, 2007
 
Dark Brandon
4.60
The conceit of this book is that sitting in the dark watching movies is an essential poetic act. Reader, it is.
Jan 2006
Jul 28, 2007
 
Dirty Halo Of Everything
4.33
Dyer's magic is so surprising, shamelessly inward and intense I'm almost leery of it. Geoffrey, where are thou?
Jun 2003
Jul 28, 2007
 
Some Notes on My Programming
4.62
Slipshod grandeur assigned to the Age of Iron. Threnody meets rhapsody meets "poetry in its pristine pucker slop."
Jan 2006
Aug 05, 2007
 
The Obedient Door
4.75
Sean Finney's The Obedient Door is the best-kept secret in contemporary U.S. poetry. "Open your pipe to the predawn sea."
Sep 2005
Jul 28, 2007
 
Moraine
4.38
Poet swallows all of New York and half the new century's cable channels to drag poetry glacier one half inch over, unblocking sun.
Jul 2006
Jul 27, 2007
 
Speculative Primitive
4.57
Give a chimp a piano, a Collected Shakespeare and Slanted and Enchanted and he wouldn't bang out anything this good in a thousand years.
Sep 2004
Jul 28, 2007
 
Are Not Our Lowing Heifers Sleeker Than Night-Swollen Mushrooms?
4.67
Besides earning my lifetime vote for Best Title Ever, this early Gordon treasure confirms what I'd always hoped was true about poetry: "(all kerfuffle...more
Dec 2004
Jul 28, 2007
 
Elsewhere #2
4.80
Two-way excursion through the neon of cultural misprision; return ticket gets you Nada Gordon beautifully diasporizing O'Hara. Indelible doum-doum-tek...more
Jul 2006
Jul 27, 2007
 
Deathstar/Ricochet
4.71
Enron hits theory hits backslash, repeat. The book most likely to succeed at turning LexisNexis into Alexandria. Except this one doesn't burn, it fume...more
Aug 2006
Jul 28, 2007
 
Hannah Weiner's Open House
4.65
We've barely begun to scratch the surface of Weiner's achievement, but thanks to Patrick Durgin the glacier's at least now visible, and portable. Full...more
Nov 2007
Feb 22, 2008
 
Selected Writings
4.21
Sigo's special angle on the lyric, part New York School, part Wentley Wieners, makes the urban sexy & underground & interpersonal again, where...more
Jan 2005
Jul 29, 2007
 
The Route
5.00
Crash correspondence course in practical synaesthetics for those who seek to map the route, then swerve. "Writing becomes the perceiving, without ceas...more
Jun 2008
Aug 19, 2008
 
If You Like Difficulty
4.57
These witty, resourceful poems turn on a dime from ABAB formal to text message-y digital, hugging the curves of language with precision and wild glee....more
Aug 2006
Apr 17, 2008
 
The Route
5.00
Crash correspondence course in practical synaesthetics for those who seek to map the route, then swerve. "Writing becomes the perceiving, without ceas...more
Jul 2008
Jul 27, 2008
 
My Terza Rima
4.64
Anyone who wears their heart in their head and considers the tongue a reed instrument will find in this book, my favorite from my favorite Gizzi, a ro...more
Jan 2003
Jul 27, 2007
 
Protective Immediacy
4.79
Maybe my favorite of Smith's many great books, infused like a vodka with humor and 90-proof feeling for words, their resistance & capacity to move...more
Jan 2003
Jul 29, 2007
 
V. Imp
4.46
Proscenium arch to the pirouette later called flarf, so firmly in Gordon's home gravity that even the casual user will hear a "personae droner" all he...more
Jan 2005
Jul 29, 2007
 
Lub Luffly
3.40
Beautifully skewed divagations on the lyric, happy to play “coffee top bongo” with language but never losing connection to sexy urban life. "let the w...more
Jan 2007
Aug 01, 2007
 
West Wind Review (2009)
5.00
Late to the shootout, but glad to at last find this Valley That Mainstream Versification Forgot. The Shangri-La of Ben Franklin man boobs, or the Isla...more
Oct 2010
Oct 30, 2010
 
Routine Disruptions
4.31
Elmslie's selected is like one of the shorter prophetic books, the Ezra or Amos of modern American poetry. If "Panopticon for Calamity Winifred" doesn...more
Jan 2003
Jul 28, 2007
 
Disposed
4.88
Where music meets gesture meets language slackened to its home materials, sound pushed through bells into “weird immaterial” names. “what is any sweet...more
Jul 2008
Jul 24, 2008
 
Bruised Dick
4.83
"girls coming towards me holding
organic fruit overripe
for the masses, teeth marks
on places humans shouldn't go
I think we've lost the element of surpr...more
Jul 2008
Jul 24, 2008
 
The Collected Poems of Carl Rakosi
4.40
If "Collected" and "Rakosi" doesn't nab you, maybe this will:

THE POEM

comes in
like an ocean
blow
into my head

and goes out
as a small model
into the world,
...more
Jan 2003
Jul 27, 2008
 
Swoon
4.50
If Heloise and Abelard had email, and Japan was a sort of nunnery, and Abelard didn't get castrated, it'd probably end a lot like this book, the best...more
Jan 2003
Jul 27, 2007
 
Contango
4.75
Argot from the gold trade and personnel appended thereunto applied to the "torpor and bombast" of American social life. A scrupulous listening-in to m...more
Jun 2007
Jul 28, 2007
 
Numbers and Tempers: Selected Early Poems
4.29
Friends have described DiPalma as the great neglectorino of the Language years, not a bad distinction when you consider the competition. Granted this...more
Jun 2006
Aug 04, 2007
 
Telling the Future Off
4.58
CHOKER: candy hearts on tight elastic or one who places hands around throats to block air? Poems that float on that either/or, like Yahweh over the wa...more
Jul 2005
Aug 06, 2007
 
info ration
4.33
The wit and spiky wisdom of Apps's popular blog packaged in convenient poem form, with a fierce eye for “packaging,” in all its slick and sad guises,...more
May 2007
Jul 28, 2007
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