During the month of June, No Tells is featuring "Recommended Summer Reading" selections by No Tell contributors.
Megan Kaminski's recommendations:
Debts and Obligations by Alicia Cohen (O Books)
The poems are full of unsettling beauty. They explore the connections between people, animals, and the worlds we all inhabit--all the while interrogating how we make these categorical distinctions.
Elapsing Speedway Organism by Bruce Covey (No Tell Books)
Smart, tactile, giddy language. How could anyone not love a book containing "14 Kung Fu Climaxes”? This should whet your appetite for Covey's Glass is Really a Liquid, coming out in the fall.
The Last 4 Things by Kate Greenstreet (Ahsahta Press)
“One begins with so little—collecting, sweeping. Or seeing it, just seeing.” Light, perception, creating and being captured by images. There's a lot going on here. All held together by Greenstreet's gorgeous music.
Neighbor by Rachel Levitsky (Ugly Duckling Presse)
"Detachment is the thing/ I create when I// Am not aware of the I/ I am aware of." Explores distinctions between private/public, interior/exterior, individual/collective. Her writing simultaneously pulls the world into it, and expands itself into the world.
O Resplandor by Erín Moure (House of Anansi Press)
My current summer reading--another wonderful book from one of my favorite poets. Reading as embodiment--of selves, others, places, and sensation.
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Megan Kaminski is the author of two chapbooks: Across Soft Ruins (Scantily Clad Press, 2009), and The Prairie Opens Wide (La Ginestra, forthcoming). Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been published or is forthcoming in 6x6, Coconut, CutBank, Denver Quarterly, Phoebe and other fine journals. She lives in Lawrence, KS, where she teaches poetry at the University of Kansas. Find her online at: http://megankaminski.com/