Friday, November 19, 2010

SPD's Poetry Best-Sellers: Week of November 7, 2010

On the damp gray walk to work this morning from the train, I got the tweet from Poetry Foundation that they'd posted their best-sellers for the week of November 7-14, 2010.

So I thought it would be interesting and fun and very Friday to pull and publish SPD's poetry best-sellers for the same week. So here they are:
  1. Greensward by Cole Swensen (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  2. Pink Elephant by Rachel McKibbens (Cypher Books)
  3. obedience by kari edwards (Factory School)
  4. Cop Kisser by Steven Zultanski (Book Thug)
  5. In the Eyes of a Dog by Kevin Pilkington (NYQ Books)
  6. Dirty August by Edip Cansever (Talisman House)
  7. Slaughtering the Buddha by Gordon Osing (Spuyten Duyvil)
  8. Questions/Places/Voices/Seasons by Norman Fischer (Singing Horse Press)
  9. Ocean Avenue by Malena Mörling (New Issues Poetry & Prose)
  10. The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers by Bhanu Kapil (Kelsey Street Press)
  11. Hughson's Tavern by Fred Moten (Leon Works)
  12. Tourist at a Miracle by Mark Statman (Hanging Loose Press)
  13. Scary, No Scary by Zachary Schomburg (Black Ocean)
  14. Figures for a Darkroom Voice by Noah E. Gordon and Joshua Marie Wilkinson (Tarpaulin Sky Press)
  15. Gone Away by Mervyn Taylor (Junction Press)
  16. In Flagrante Delicto by Jerry Mirskin (MAMMOTH books)
  17. Chora by Sandra Doller (Ahsahta Press)
  18. Sky Booths in the Breath Somewhere: The Ashbery Erasure Poems by David Dodd Lee (BlazeVOX Books)
  19. FAQ: by Ben Doller (Ahsahta Press)
  20. Brief Under Water by Cyrus Console (Burning Deck)
  21. Like Wind Loves a Window by Andrea Baker (Slope Editions)
  22. The Tangled Line by Tod Marshall (Canarium Books)
  23. The New Life by Richard Tillinghast (Copper Beech Press)
  24. The French Exit by Elisa Gabbert (Birds, LLC)
  25. Felonies of Illusion by Mark Wallace (Edge Books)
  26. Pad by Steven Zultanski (Make Now Press)
  27. As It Turned Out by Dmitri Golynko (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  28. Debts and Obligations by Alicia Cohen (O Books)
  29. Dubious Angels: Poems After Paul Klee by Keith Ratzlaff (Anhinga Press)
  30. Oriflamme by Sandra Miller (Ahsahta Press)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Circumspections from an Equestrian Statue by Jaimy Gordon

Congratulations to 2010 National Book Award Winner for Fiction Jaimy Gordon
Circumspections from an Equestrian Statue
Jaimy Gordon
$14 | paper | 76 pp.
Burning Deck
June 1979
ISBN: 9780930900786

LAST COPIES! SORRY, THIS ITEM IS SOLD OUT! Fiction. Early novella by National Book Award winner Jaimy Gordon. Frontispiece and five ornamental initials by Dennis Hlynski. “CIRCUMSPECTIONS FROM AN EQUESTRIAN STATUE in length between a story and a novel, is one of her most delightful works. It has a precise historical setting: General Burnside has returned from the American Civil War (he was the North's worst general, by some margin) to build his house, be elected governor of Rhode Island, and become famous for the cut of his whiskers (‘sideburns’). Having, after four years of marriage, no child, he engages P. Mariam Wishey, ‘pioneer of gynecology,’ to examine his wife. (I would like to think Wishey is historical, but I’ve yet to find a reference to him.) This situation is complicated by the ghost of Burnside’s nephew, who disappeared during the battle of Fredericksburg—the General’s great fiasco—and by the fact that Mrs. Burnside is not (as everyone in the story seems to assume) asexual. It is a tightly constructed and very funny story in limpid prose”—Keith Waldrop.

Monday, November 1, 2010


  1. Humanimal: A Project for Future Children by Bhanu Kapil (Kelsey Street Press)
  2. Pleasure by Brian Teare (Ahsahta Press)
  3. Iteration Nets by Karla Kelsey (Ahsahta Press)
  4. God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World by Rebecca Foust and Lorna Stevens (Tebot Bach)
  5. Poems of the Black Object by Ronaldo V. Wilson (Futurepoem Books)
  6. Striking Surface by Jason Schneiderman (Ashland Poetry Press)
  7. The Cloud Corporation by Timothy Donnelly (Wave Books)
  8. Ten Walks/Two Talks by Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  9. Dogged Hearts by Ellen Doré Watson (Tupelo Press)
  10. Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden by Charles Goodrich (Silverfish Review Press)
  11. The Burden of Speech by Travis Wayne Denton (C&R Press)
  12. One for None by m.g. martin (Ink.)
  13. Up Jump the Boogie by John Murillo (Cypher Books)
  14. Chinese Notebook by Demosthenes Agrafiotis (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  15. Handmade Love by Julie R. Enszer (A Midsummer Night's Press)
  16. Man on Extremely Small Island by Jason Koo (C&R Press)
  17. Selected Poems by Mary Ruefle (Wave Books)
  18. Hughson's Tavern by Fred Moten (Leon Works)
  19. Come on All You Ghosts by Matthew Zapruder (Copper Canyon Press)
  20. From Threshold to Threshold by Paul Celan (Marick Press)
  21. The Redcoats by Ryan Murphy (Krupskaya)
  22. Stranger in Town by Cedar Sigo (City Lights Publishers)
  23. The Act of Providence by Clark Coolidge Combo Books)
  24. Vertical Elegies: Three Works by Sam Truitt (Ugly Duckling Presse)
  25. The Irrationalist by Suzanne Buffam (Canarium Books)
  26. The New Tourism by Harry Mathews (Sand Paper Press)
  27. Cities and Memory by Barbara Henning (Chax Press)
  28. So Quick Bright Things by Gail Wronsky (What Books Press)
  29. Other Clues by Grace Marie Grafton (RAW ArT PRESS)
  30. Miracle Arrhythmia by Rachel Eliza Griffiths (Aquarius Press/Willow Books)