book, books, books….and…BOOKS

Richard Labonte’s Best of 2010 Book Marks

Plus here are the new (some not even out yet) books I’ve come across in the past month or so that I’ve wanted to remind myself of.  All gay/lesbian relevant, and international even!  Enjoy! And post in the comments the books you want!

Library Journal blog: hot poetry titles for spring, include C. Dale Young:”, C. Dale Young (Torn. Four Way. Mar. 2011. ISBN 9781935536062. pap. $15.95) seems admirably placed to consider the human being as both spiritual entity and physical process; he’s not only a Grolier Prize–winning poet—and poetry editor of the New England Review—but a practicing physician.”

And this from the same list: “A noted critic (his Orpheus in the Bronx was a National Book Critic Circle finalist) as well as a Pushcart Prize–winning poet, Reginald Shepherd died in 2008 but left Red Clay Weather (Univ. of Pittsburgh. Feb. 2011. ISBN 9780822961499. pap. $14.95) as a parting gift. It represents a life well lived—but cut off midflight.”

After Spicer: Critical Essays, John Emil Vincent, ed. “The first critical book dedicated to the work of poet Jack Spicer: The beauty and difficulty of Jack Spicer’s poetry continues to resonate with contemporary audiences nearly fifty years after his death. After Spicer brings together work by ten eminent literary scholars to provide a long overdue exploration of Spicer’s legacy even as it continues to unfold. As editor John Emil Vincent notes, it is Spicer’s “boundary crashing”—in his poetry, poetics, and politics—that makes his work so powerful and relevant today. fter Spicer extends the conversation between poet and reader that Spicer considered essential to the composition and survival of poems. Incisive essays by Maria Damon, Norman Finkelstein, Kelly Holt, Catherine Imbriglio, Kevin Killian, Michael Snediker, Anita Sokolsky, and Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop, provide an overview of Spicer’s oeuvre—his poetry, letters, plays, and his only novel—and explore his work in relation to queer theory, audience, religion, the lyric, and seriality. These essays give us crucial insights into Spicer’s transition from a regional cult figure to a canonical postmodern poet.”

Robert Duncan’s The H.D. Book:“This magisterial work, long awaited and long the subject of passionate speculation, is an unprecedented exploration of modern poetry and poetics by one of America’s most acclaimed and influential postwar poets. What began in 1959 as a simple homage to the modernist poet H.D. developed into an expansive and unique quest to arrive at a poetics that would fuel Duncan’s great work in the 1970s A meditation on both the roots of modernism and its manifestation in the work of H.D., Ezra Pound, D.H. Lawrence, William Carlos Williams, Edith Sitwell, and many others, Duncan’s wide-ranging book is especially notable for its illumination of the role women played in creation of literary modernism. Until now, The H.D. Book existed only in mostly out-of-print little magazines in which its chapters first appeared. Now, for the first time published in its entirety, as its author intended, this monumental work—at once an encyclopedia of modernism, a reinterpretation of its key players and texts, and a record of Duncan’s quest toward a new poetics—is at last complete and available to a wide audience.”

Selected Prose Works of C.P. Cavafy: “The poems of C. P. Cavafy, even when fragmentary or incomplete, have a stamp of finality about them; they seem permanently incised, like inscriptions recovered from antiquity. The same cannot be said of Cavafy’s prose. His essays and reflections are restless, hesitant, darting. That makes them all the more precious. They reveal to us a Cavafy shorn of pince-nez and sleeve garters; still at a slight angle to the universe, as E. M. Forster memorably described him, but somehow more cozily akimbo.

Unauthorized Voices, Essays on Poets and Poetry, 1987-2009, Marilyn Hacker:
“For over twenty years, award-winning poet, translator and editor Marilyn Hacker has been writing incisive criticism and reviews of contemporary poetry, with particular attention to the work of feminist poets, dissident poets, poets whose work merited more attention from the American (and sometimes British) reading public. Unauthorized Voices includes pieces on Adrienne Rich, Hayden Carruth, Elizabeth Bishop, Tony Harrison, Marilyn Nelson and June Jordan, on French and Francophone poets including Vénus Khoury-Ghata and Emmanuel Moses, on poetry and politics, and on the contemporary sonnet, all affirming Hacker as an original, unabashedly opinionated American critical voice”

In Danger: A Pasolini Anthology

Brian Teare’s Pleasure reviewed.

Lastly, not new, but still worth posting because I just got to meet the author of this reviewed book in the flesh a little while ago: a review of Michael Snediker’s Queer Optimism.  I got to meet John Vincent (of upcoming After Spicer fame and Queer Lyrics before that) at the same event. These two genius guys in one roon — I was peeing my pants.

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