During the month of June, No Tells is featuring "Recommended Summer Reading" selections by No Tell contributors.
Lucy Biederman's recommendations:
Catalytic Exteriorization Phenomenon by Mel Nichols (Edge Books, 2009)
The first poet that ever made me think WOW POETRY was Frank O'Hara (I think that's probably true for a lot of people). The mental and physical city that this book takes place in reminds me in some ways of a weirder, more wild and scary and sad and beautiful Frank O'Hara-era New York. It makes me love to be a poet and love to live in the DC area.
Apology for the Book of Creatures by Dan Beachy-Quick (Ahsahta, 2008)
This is a chapbook with black and white and purple prints by Stephanie Bacon. I love the way DBQ reads in his writing; he has a beautiful and exciting way of reading texts, and the world, in his poetry.
Sight Map by Brian Teare (U of California Press, 2009)
This book is full of weird and brilliant forms and lyrics that make me think in new ways about the kinds of things you start to think it might be impossible to think in new ways about--things like love and loss and God.
Bobcat Country by Brandi Homan (Shearsman Books, 2010)
I loved reading this book because it filled me with so many feelings: I felt nostalgic, then annoyed, a little bit shocked, amazed, wistful, sad, excited, anxious, wowed. I had this feeling of wanting to sing along with it.
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Lucy Biederman lives in and loves Fairfax, VA. Her poetry is forthcoming in No Tell Motel, The Apalachee Review, and PMSpoemmemoirstory and has recently appeared in The Cimarron Review, Smartish Pace, and Gargoyle.