Monday, November 29, 2010

Best Poetry Books of 2010 - Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Joshua Marie Wilkinson's selections:

Hank by Abraham Smith (Action Books)

Undocumentaries by Rosa Alcala (Shearsman Books)

Effacement by Elizabeth Arnold (Flood Editions)

Where We Think It Should Go by Claire Becker (Octopus Books)

The Wasteland by John Beer (Canarium Books)

Sarah--Of Fragments and Lines by Julie Carr (Coffee House Press)

English Fragments A Brief History of the Soul by Martin Corless-Smith (Fence Books)

Thin Kimono by Michael Earl Craig (Wave Books)

Chora by Sandra Doller (Ahsahta Press)

Ventrakl by Christian Hawkey (Ugly Duckling Presse)

The Sore Throat & Other Poems by Aaron Kunin (Fence Books)

Black Life by Dorothea Lasky (Wave Books)

Seven Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking by Tan Lin (Wesleyan Univ. Press)

B Jenkins by Fred Moten (Duke Univ. Press)

I'm not much for hierarchies, but I am a fan of overhearing what folks are reading-and I like to learn of new books that people have been loving each year. So, I offer my list at the risk of former, in hopes of the latter--that somebody might find something new here that I loved to get into. I know I missed a lot of books this year that others will hopefully turn me on to, too. Also a few books I loved that weren't exactly poetry: Inferno by Eileen Myles (O/R Books); Event Factory by Renee Gladman (Dorothy Project); and William Wylie's Route 36 (Flood Editions).

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Joshua Marie Wilkinson's most recent books are Selenography (Sidebrow Books) and Poets on Teaching (Univ. of Iowa Press), both from 2010. He lives in Chicago.

Best Poetry Books of 2010 - Gary L. McDowell

Gary L. McDowell's selections:

Parable of Hide and Seek by Chad Sweeney (Alice James)

Rookery by Traci Brimhall (SIU Press)

The Nervous Filaments by David Dodd Lee (Four Way Books)

You Don't Know What You Don't Know by John Bradley (CSU Poetry Center)

Ghost Lights by Keith Montesano (Dream Horse Press)

Never-Ending Birds by David Baker (Norton)

Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open by Diane Suess (U Mass Press)

Fancy Beasts by Alex Lemon (Milkweed Editions)

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Gary L. McDowell is the author of American Amen (Dream Horse Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Orphic Prize for poetry, as well as the chapbooks, They Speak of Fruit (Cooper Dillon Books, 2009) and The Blueprint (Pudding House, 2005). He's also the co-editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry (Rose Metal Press, 2010). His poems have appeared in, among others, Bellingham Review, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, and Quarterly West. He lives in Portage, MI with his wife and two young kids where he's finishing his Ph.D. in American Literature at Western Michigan University.

This Week at No Tell Motel

Bronwen Tate is of the same stripe as you who cry into the thorned canopy this week at No Tell Motel.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Best Poetry Books of 2010 - Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney's suggestions:

The French Exit by Elisa Gabbert (Birds, LLC)
EG is my co-conspirator, so I’m biased, but this collection is objectively outstanding.

Bluets by Maggie Nelson (Wave Books)
It’s hard to think of enough good things to say about this hybrid book, but here are just a few.

Ventrakl by Christian Hawkey (Ugly Duckling Press)
Latin phrases are not to be tossed around lightly, but this book is “sui generis”—matchless and amazing.

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Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, and the author, most recently, of the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint, 2010). With Elisa Gabbert, she is the author of That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths, 2008). Her chapbook After Robinson Has Gone is forthcoming from Greying Ghost.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Best Poetry Books of 2010 - Grace Cavalieri

Grace Cavalieri's selections:

Sounds Like Something I Would Say by Grace Cavalieri (Goss 183:: Casa Menendez)

Navy Wife by Grace Cavalieri (Casa Menendez)

The Poet's Cookbook: Recipes from Germany with poems by 33 American poets in English and German edited by Grace Cavalieri

The Revenant by Richard Harteis (Little Red Tree Publishing)

Words We Might One Day Say by Holly Karapetkova (Washington Writer's Publishing House)

Republic by James H. Beall (Toad Hall Press)

Incarnality by Rod Jellema (Eerdmans Publishing Company)

All of your Messages Have Been Erased by Vivian Shipley (Southeastern Louisiana University Press)

A Spicing of Birds edited by Jo Miles Schuman and Joanna Bailey Hodgman (Wesleyan University Press)

The Call: An Anthology of Women's Writing edited by Calder Lowe (Dragonfly Press)

On Speaking Terms by Connie Wanek (Copper Canyon Press)

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Grace Cavalieri is the author of several books of poetry and 23 produced plays; she founded and still produces/hosts public radio's "The Poet and the Poem," now from the Library of Congress. Her new book Anna Nicole: Poems (Goss183: Casa Menendez, 2008,) won the Paterson 2009 Award for Literary Excellence. She holds the Allen Ginsberg Award for Poetry, The Bordighera Poetry Prize, and the Pen Center's "Best Books List" for Water on the Sun. Her play "Anna Nicole: Blonde Ambition" will receive a NYC reading in March 2011.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Boog City presents No Tell Books and Binary Marketing Show

Boog City presents

d.a. levy lives: celebrating the renegade press

No Tell Books
(Washington, D.C.)

Tues., Nov. 30, 6:00 p.m. sharp, free

ACA Galleries
529 W. 20th St., 5th Flr.

Event will be hosted by
No Tell Books, pub. and ed.
Reb Livingston

Featuring readings from

Bruce Covey
Lea Graham
Reb Livingston
Karl Parker

and music from

Binary Marketing Show

There will be wine, cheese, and crackers, too.

Curated and with an introduction by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum


**No Tell Books

No Tell Books, LLC is an independent press specializing in poetry. It was founded in 2006 by Reb Livingston, publisher and editor.

**Binary Marketing Show

Abram Morphew set out for the wilderness of the Birkhead Mountains in search of seclusion, and a place to let his thoughts wonder in peace. He was delighted to discover tunnels, previously only known to the elders of Birkhead, leading to a magical city where he would happen upon a fellow survivor of the elements...

Bethany Carder, awaking from a hypnotic state induced by a small band of mystics, discovered Abram Morphew wondering the ancient underground tunnels beneath the mystical city. Carder was fascinated by Morphew's ideas of healing through experimentation with light, sound, energy, and the power of intent. Emotional turmoil, once so powerful, released through instruments and moving images. They continued forward, energetic pullies attached to cages covered in flesh, time travelers in moments of here connection, near connections, missing the point only to find it resides within and without you. This is the story of the binary marketing show

Their new EP "Clues from the Past" was released last month, and their tour kicked off in Philadelphia, taking them as far west as East Glacier, Mont.

**Bruce Covey

The only son of two chemists, Bruce Covey lived in Connecticut and New York before moving to Atlanta, where he now teaches at Emory University and edits the web-based poetry magazine Coconut. He's the author of Glass Is Really a Liquid and Elapsing Speedway Organism, both from No Tell Books and also The Greek Gods as Telephone Wires and Ten Pins, Ten Frames published by Front Room.

**Lea Graham

Lea Graham’s first book of poems, Crushes, is forthcoming through No Tell Books. Her poems, collaborations, reviews, and articles have been published in, or are forthcoming in, journals such as Notre Dame Review, American Letters & Commentary, Sentence, and The Capilano Review. Her work was most recently included in the anthology Gatherings: Fifteen Poems/Poets (Haybarn Press). She is currently assistant professor of English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She is a native of Northwest Arkansas.

**Reb Livingston

Reb Livingston is the author of God Damsel (No Tell Books), Your Ten Favorite Words (Coconut Books) and co-editor of The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel anthology series. Her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry 2006, The American Poetry Review, The Rumpus, and Absent. She's also the editor of No Tell Motel and publisher of No Tell Books.

**Karl Parker

Karl Parker won the 2004 Poetry Award and the Dorothy & Sidney Willner Literary Scholarship Award from the National Arts Club Literary Committee. Having taught at Hunter College, Cornell, and Auburn Correctional Facility, Parker currently teaches literature and creative writing at Hobart and William Smith colleges, in fair Geneva, N.Y. He has a chapbook, Harmstorm (Lame House Press) and a book of poems, PERSONATIONSKIN (No Tell Books).


C/E to 23rd St., 1/9 to 18th St.
Venue is bet. 10th and 11th avenues

Monday, November 22, 2010

This Week at No Tell Motel

Matthew Hittinger watches the watchman watching this week at No Tell Motel.

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Titles by No Tell Poets

The Name of This Intersection is Frost by Maryrose Larkin (Shearsman Books)

I-Formation by Anne Gorrick (Shearsman Books)

Pretty, Rooster by Clay Matthews (Cooper Dillon Books)

A Cloud of Witnesses by Jason Stumpf (Quale Press)

Navy Wife by Grace Cavalieri (MiPOeasias Chapbook Series)

We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough by Mike Young (Publishing Genuis)

Another Place of Rocking by Wendy Wisner (Pudding House Press)

Big Bright Sun by Nate Pritts (BlazeBOX Books)

American Amen by Gary McDowell (Dream Horse Press)

American Flamingo by Suzanne Frischkorn (MiPOesias' Cuban-American Poetry Series)

Please Don't Shoot Anyone Tonight by Dave Newman (Wolf Parade Books)

Feelings Using Wolves by Emily Kendal Frey and Zachary Schomburg (Small Fires Press)

Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook edited by Joshua Marie Wilkinson (University of Iowa Press)

Adamantine by Shin Yu Pai (White Pine Press)

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This Week at No Tell Motel

Yona Harvey wants to thank you for hearing this small trickle in a sea this week at No Tell Motel.

Monday, November 8, 2010

This Week at No Tell Motel

Timothy Bradford asks her why she spent so long at the mirror in the bathroom this week at No Tell Motel.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

#poetparty Twitter Chat Tonight

No Tell publisher and editor, Reb Livingston, will be the guest tonight (Sunday, 9PM, ET) at the Poet Party Twitter Chat.

Hashtag #poetparty

Monday, November 1, 2010

This Week at No Tell Motel

Scott Glassman nips ends an argument about who will take over the world this week at No Tell Motel.