Sunday, December 19, 2010

Best Poetry Books of 2010 - Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar's selections:

Top Ten Ten Poetry Releases of 2010 in No Particular Order (encompassing an array of high and low end invention in the multiple forms of a delicious unexpectedness that rejuvenates the contemporary idiom and initiates a dialogue on the forms and possibilities of modern life and langauge):

Black Life by Dorothea Lasky (Wave Books)

Moving Blanket by Kostas Anagnopoulus (Ugly Duckling Press)

Pharmacopoeia & Early Selected Works by Elisabeth Bletsoe (Shearsman Books)

The Linguistics of Light by Lisa Dart (Salt Publishing)

Poems of the Black Object by Ronaldo V Wilson (FuturePoem Books)

Lighthead by Terrance Hayes (Penguin)

Suspend by Nancy Kuhl (Shearsmen Books)

Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities by Kazim Ali (Wesleyan University Press)

The Return of Kral Majales edited by Louis Armand (Litteraria Pragensia)

the Dickinson Composites by Jen Bervin (Granary Books)

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Ravi Shankar founded Drunken Boat, teaches at CCSU, in the Fairfield University MFA Program and at the City University of Hong Kong MFA Program. He is the author of four books and chapbooks of poetry, including most recently Seamless Matter (Rain Taxi) and Voluptuous Bristle. His forthcoming book of poems, Truth and Pretense, won the 2010 National Poetry Review Prize. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he's co-editor of W.W. Norton's Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East and Beyond, called "a beautiful achievement for world literature" by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. During the month of December, he's a cross between an over-exuberant Santa and a grinch; that is to say, when it comes to les bons mots, a cinch.

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