Best How-To Manual: How Verses Are Made by Vladimir Mayakovsky

Best Angry-at-God poems: Cesar Vallejo

Great break-up poem: “The Nails” by W.S. Merwin (from The Moving Target,
mysteriously absent from both his Selected Poems.)

Great pick-up line of poetry: “I want to lie down beside the length of you simply because
your earlobe is the gentlest small animal on Earth.” by Thomas Lux

Great genre-stretching book about family and divorce: The Balloonists by Eula Biss

Funniest poet you may not have heard of: Matt Cook, author of Eavesdrop Soup (Manic
D) and In the Small of my Backyard (Manic D)

Another funny/dark poet you don’t want to challenge to a drinking contest: Jose Padua

Poet with the roughest life: Marina Tsvetaeva

Worst Poet to be on an AWP panel with: Rimbaud

Two poetry movies worth checking out: Fine Madness, starring Sean Connery, and Reuben, Reuben

Best poet blogger: Frank O’Hara

Best Selected Poems for a poet who overdosed in the 90’s: The Last Five Miles To Grace (Zeitgeist Press) by David Lerner

Recently deceased poet who warrants a Selected immediately: Lynda Hull

Best reading I attended in 2006: Brave New Voices (National Teen Slam) at the Apollo Theater in Harlem

Best post-reading reading: Spontaneous cipher by teen poets on the 125th Street A-train platform

Cool music show I attended a few years ago: Frank Black solo show at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica.

Great places to visit in California: Big Sur, Joshua Tree

Best seafood splurge (New York): the lobster roll at Pearl Oyster Bar

90’s collective most likely to appear in literary history books fifty years from now: Dark Room

Coolest 90’s collective you never heard of: 8-Rock, in DC (Kenny Carroll, DJ Renegade, Brian Gilmore)

Best restaurant block, inch per inch: Cornelia Street in the West Village

Best ice cream (New York): Cones (on Bleeker), and Il Laboratorio del Gellato on (Orchard)

2 poets doing cool things with music: Kamau Daa’ood and Derrick Brown

Best NYC open mike: Bar 13; they also sponsor workshops in prisons and the Acentos series in the Bronx

LA literary venue to check out: Beyond Baroque in Venice Beach

Poet most likely to take your money playing cards: DJ Renegade

Only Pulitzer Prize-winner to read at the National Poetry Slam: Henry Taylor, (1997)

Poet with a warm smile who will dominate you and your friends on the basketball court: Ross Gay

Best new anthology: Legitimate Dangers (Sarabande) edited by Michael Dumanis and Cate Marvin

Best Appalachian surrealist: Cindy Goff

One of our very best young poets with a wonderful third book: Terrance Hayes, Wind in a Box (Norton)

2 poets with lots of brain and body tension: Paisley Rekdal and Anna Swir

4 excellent defunct bands from the 90’s: Helium, Versus, Unrest, Possum Dixon

Poet with a book I am anticipating in ’07: Sean Thomas Dougherty, on BOA

Indie rock girl with a great new album: Joan As Policewoman

Couple other bands I dig: Blonde Redhead, Cat Power,

Great first books in the late 60’s: The Lost Pilot by James Tate and The Naomi Poems, book one: Corpse and Beans by St. Geraud, aka Bill Knott

Magazine from the 60’s that I wish would make a comeback: Kayak

Poetry book I’d like to see made into a movie directed by Todd Solondz: Letters To Wendy’s by Joe Wenderoth

Poet who deserves a second book: Jan Richman, author of Because The Brain Can Be Talked into Anything, selected by Robert Pinsky for the Walt Whitman award in 1994

Poet who deserves a first book: Regan Maud Good

2 Poets with the freest of spirits: Olena Kalytiak Davis and Joshua Beckman

Tupac or Biggie: Biggie

Originally Published: May 19th, 2006

Jeffrey McDaniel is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Chapel of Inadvertent Joy (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). Other books include The Endarkenment (Pittsburgh, 2008), The Splinter Factory (Manic D, 2002), The Forgiveness Parade (Manic D Press, 1998), and Alibi School (Manic D, 1995). His poems have...