Monday, December 7, 2009

Best Poetry Books of 2009 - Sandra Beasley

Sandra Beasley's recommendations:

Book that Made Me Love the Prose Poem Again:
Self-Portrait with Crayon by Alison Benis White (Cleveland State University Press)

Book that Made Me Love Sprawling Free Verse Again:
Mister Skylight by Ed Skoog (Copper Canyon Press)

Book that Got a Lot of Hype in the Mainstream But Earned Said Hype:
Sonata Mulattica by Rita Dove (W. W. Norton)

Book with the Most Intriguing Conceptual Premise:
From the Fever World by Jehanne Dubrow (Washington Writers' Publishing House)

Book I am Most Dying To Read As Soon as I Splurge on the Hardback:
Scary, No Scary by Zachary Schomburg (Black Ocean)

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Sandra Beasley won the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize for I Was the Jukebox, selected by Joy Harjo and forthcoming from W. W. Norton. Her first collection, Theories of Falling, won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize judged by Marie Howe. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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