Monday, November 9, 2009

Best Poetry Books of 2009 - Justin Marks

Justin Marks' selection:

Having 9 month old twins, I haven't had much time for reading this year, but I loved loved loved:

The Hot Tub/Glory Hole by Jon Leon and Dan Hoy (MAL-O-MAR)

The speaker in Glory Hole “heart[s] synthetics / of all kinds,” “tell[s] the sky / to suck the fat one“, and “drive[s] like an asshole because it’s the truth.” The Hot Tub is a collection of prose poems about “How we are decaying as we party hard.” Poetry has made the narrator so rich and famous “helicopters buzz above my head and paparazzi disappear among telephone poles” as he rides his bicycle in Versace pajamas, drinks, does copious amounts of drugs and has lots of sex.

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Justin Marks' first book is A Million in Prizes (New Issues Press). He is also the author of several chapbooks, the most recent being Voir Dire (Rope-a-Dope Press). He is a co-Editor of Birds, LLC and lives in Woodside, Queens with his wife and their infant son and daughter.

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