During the month of June, No Tells is featuring "Recommended Summer Reading" selections by No Tell contributors.
Rob MacDonald's recommendations:
What to read while you patiently await the arrival of new books by Matthew Lippman, Emily Toder and Alexis Orgera.
Frances by Emily Kendal Frey (Poor Claudia)
"Swing out over / water and it opens / You come back / along the lake / but you're not / the same"
The Difficult Farm by Heather Christle (Octopus Books)
"Magnificence comes / in a small car, but we all fit."
How by Emily Pettit (Octopus Books)
"We etch-a-sketch / the problem being solved. It's pretty / complicated looking."
The French Exit by Elisa Gabbert (Birds, LLC)
"Your sweat / Chinese-water-tortures me, you make / my heart feel like a would-be Houdini, / etc."
The Trees Around by Chris Tonelli (Birds, LLC)
"Above the browned, trampled grounds, the lights on Tilt-A-Whirl bloom."
Mean Free Path by Ben Lerner (Copper Canyon)
"I did not walk here all the way from prose / To make corrections in red pencil"
Poetry! Poetry! Poetry! by Peter Davis (Bloof Books)
"Not everything that is written is as fascinating and life-changing as this poem, but there is some pretty good stuff out there."
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Rob MacDonald lives in Boston and is the editor of the online journal Sixth Finch. His poems can be found in various online journals, including Octopus, Anti-, H_NGM_N, So and So, Sink Review and No Tell Motel.