Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Making a list, checking it once
By now I'm sure that any Attention Span (ha!) for poetry lists has waned; there are so many of them. But here's my listomania, after which you can cleanse your palette by reading Kent Johnson on the subject. In spite of which, I hereby present... another pointless list!
Poetry book of the year:
Poetry crit kinda book o' the year:
Daniel Tiffany's Infidel Poetics. John Latta says CROCK! Calls it turgid, but who says books should go down easy? And why shouldn't they be infuriating, as this one surely is (obscurity as a material substance! monads!!)? It's part lit-crit, contemporary-style, part poem [I think John may be right to say "flarfish"], and... DT can correct me if wrong, but I find a cheek here and there with an infidel tongue in it. I found it way less sluggeroonish than Sound of Poetry/Poetry of Sound - and hey, do you guys know of any other recent book that digs up, and digs, "cant" writing? I underlined and annotated the heck out of it: fun!
Poetry book list of the year:
Why, my list at Third Factory, natch. OK, not really; see below.
Poetry blog of the year:
Steve Fellner, Pansy Poetics
Here are a few lists that are better than mine:
* Best Poetry Blogs, thanks to Joseph Hutchinson
* Poetry Foundation best poetry o' the year list
* Best good bad-poetry ever
* Important books of the 'oughties
* A better year for poetry books in the UK?
* A whole decade of Canadian poetry books!
* List of poetry books people are actually buying (= I now believe that a SoQ actually exists)
* List of poetry books SPD says people are actually buying
* A very expansive list, via Anselm Berrigan
* List of the biggest big-deal writers of all time
And if X-mas is your thing, here's the best X-mas reading list I've found...
BUT - who needs a list? Read yourself some good books, even if they weren't published in 2009.