Ranked 1-5 stars, SQ and AR
***** Supernova (buy)
**** Superstar (buy)
*** Sunshine (hold)
** Red Giant (hold)
* White Dwarf (sell)
SQ Not avant-garde enough for my rating system
AR Ain’t Read it yet.
A Book of Days, Pt 1: Sorcery. February 1 – May 31, 2007, Hugh and Mary Behm-Steinberg (***)
brief history of girl as match, kristy bowen (***)
cor•re•spon•dence, Jessica Bozek + Eli Queen (****)
Truancy, Sarah Anne Cox (**)
Bellum Letters, Michelle Detorie (****)
a gunless tea, marco giovenale (AR)
North of There, Chris Pusateri (AR)
Beauty [is the new absurdity], Jennifer Scappettone (***)
The Singers, Logan Ryan Smith (AR)
Notes: I like how Bozek/Queen, Scappettone, and Detorie are trying to figure out new ways of using the page (plasticly, as it were), including Detorie’s experiment in translating hypertext to print. Except for Smith, which is POD, these are all DIY; Scappettone, Giovenale, and Bozek/Queen are particularly nice little editions.
Recommended: Bowen, Bozek/Queen, Detorie, Scappettone
On Going, Tom Morgan (**)
Beloved Integer, Michelle Naka Pierce (SQ)
A book of PROPHESIES, John Wieners (***)
Notes: Morgan is narratively v. interesting but I’m not sure why he has chosen to use the page space as he has. I am not sure how form/content are interacting, why the form is necessary, etc. in this work. Same with Pierce, but I found the narrative less interesting. Wieners, a published sketchbook, inspiring in terms of both form and content (how to publish drafts, plus Wieners is just goddamn smart).