Saturday, December 4, 2010

Best Poetry Books of 2010 - Nathan Logan

Nathan Logan's selections:

The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway by Jennifer L. Knox (Bloof Books)
Any year in which Jennifer L. Knox has a new book is a good year. This book has all the charm and weirdness found in Knox's earlier books, but has a decidedly more somber tone.

Black Life by Dorothea Lasky (Wave Books)
Dorothea Lasky's second book is a marvel. Anyone who doubts the power of the "I" in poetry should pick this up and be proven wrong.

Selected Poems by Mary Ruefle (Wave Books)
If you've ever thought, "Wow, I wish I had a lot of Mary Ruefle's poems without carrying around all of her books," then Wave Books has done you a big favor. Ruefle lovers, rejoice!

Thin Kimono by Michael Earl Craig (Wave Books)
Another great collection by Michael Earl Craig. Recommended for those who like their poems with a sense of humor.

God Damsel by Reb Livingston (No Tell Books)
The poems in God Damsel defy explanation. Reb Livingston has hit it out of the park with this collection. If you like poetry, you will love poetry after reading God Damsel.

The Seaside! by Heather Christle (Minutes Books)
Heather Christle's chapbook picks up where The Difficult Farm left off. These poems are like leftover turkey. They will (hopefully) tide you over until Christle's next book.

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Nathan Logan is the author of the chapbooks Arby's Combo Roundup (Mondo Bummer), Dick (Pangur Ban Party), and Holly from Muncie (Spooky Girlfriend Press). Some of his recent work has appeared in Lonesome Fowl and NOÖ Journal. He is a doctoral student in Creative Writing at the University of North Texas.

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