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My Poetry Picks for 2013
Aaron Kunin, Grace Period: Notebooks, 1998-2007 (Letter MachineEditions, 2013)
In the generous, open spirit of Steve Benson’s improvisations, Kumin collects his ruminations that live up to Charles Olson’s desire for a language practice “outside” the inherited categories of narrative and, more generally, teleological thinking. Kunin’s is not the only book of poetry that wagers this bet but it is among the bravest to do so.
Dana Ward, The Crisis of Infinite Worlds (Futurepoem, 2013)
The title of Ward’s second full collection of writings is a pre-emptive deconstruction of the all too facile, all too ballyhooed “Kill List” (to say nothing of his recent FB comments on political offices vis-a-vis the trade in illicit drugs). This premonition is affirmed by “Things The Baby Likes (A-Z)” and “Notes:”. And yes, that colon is crucial, not because it’s “pedantic” but because it points forward to Ward’s looping, spiraling traverses of the “infinite.”