Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Best 2008 Poetry Books - Donald Illich

Donald Illich's choices:

Valzhyna Mort, Factory of Tears (Copper Canyon) -- This is a punk book with heart. She's a rising star in the poetry world.

Jeffrey McDaniel, The Endarkenment (University of Pittsburgh Press) -- The maturation of an amazing talent. More entertainment than any Hollywood movie.

Mark Yakich, The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin) -- A weird book and an emotional one. A great read.

Tao Lin, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (Melville House) -- A funny book that I carried around everywhere. Hamsters are awesome.

Todd Boss, Yellowrocket (Norton) -- Best "formalist" book this year. It's light, emotional, and a pleasure to read.

Bernadette Mayer, Poetry State Forest (New Directions) -- Odd poems that stand up to many readings.

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Donald Illich was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, and it is just like you saw it in Biloxi Blues with Matthew Broderick, except different. He is slightly less smelly than he used to be since he got married in June. He publishes and writes poetry.