Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Poetry Holiday Guide - Donald Illich

Donald Illich's recommendations:

For the werewolves on your list: Shafer Hall, Never Cry Woof (No Tell Books)

For the Martians on your list (any poet at all must have this one): Jack Spicer, My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Books of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan)

For the formalists on your list who enjoy reading about Alaska: Ted Genoway, Anna, Washing (University of Georgia Press)

For anyone on your list who isn't perfect: Ron Padgett, How to be Perfect (Coffee House Press)

For anyone who's an American: Matthew Dickman, All American Poem (American Poetry Review)

For people who like their poems in short story form: Lydia Davis, Varieties of Disturbance (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

For Mom and Dad and anyone who's not into poetry and who will soon will be (or hippies): Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar (Mariner Books)

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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.

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