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Best Books for Spring, 2009

By Grace Cavalieri, Book Review Editor

Books are in no particular order


BEST BOOKS OF POETRY

My Vocabulary Did This to Me, The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer
© 2008 Wesleyan University Press, edited by Peter Gizzi and Kevin Killian. 504 pp. ISBN: 078-0-8195-6887-8.

The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest, edited by Hadley Haden Guest,
© 2008 Wesleyan University Press 516 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8195-6860-1.

Selected Poems
by Cecily Angleton and Eugenia Schultheis. c2007 Barclay Bryan Press,
71pp. 0-9704751-8-7.

Karma, Dharma, Pudding & Pie by Philip Appleman, Illustrations by Arnold Roth, foreword by X.J. Kennedy.
© 2009 The Quantuck Lane Press.92pp. 978-1-59372-036-0.

Quantum Lyrics by A. Van Jordan.
© 2007. W.W. Norton & C0. 114pp. 978-0-393-06499-5.

You. Selected Poems and Knot: A Life by Fan Olgivie. c
© 2008 xlibris.com. 163pp. 978-143637265-7.

Struggling Times by Louis Simpson. c
© 2009. Boa Editions. 78pp. 978-10934414-19-4.

When the Moon Speaks by Carolyn Anne Wolfe.
© 2007. Publish America. 124pp. 1-60441-309-3.

The White Bride by Sarah Maclay c
© 2008.TheUniv of Tampa Press.73pp. 978-1-59732-042-9.

A Sleeping Tiger Dreams of Manhattan; simultaneous poetry, photographs, and sound,
by Yoko Danno and James C. Hopkins, photographs by James C. Hopkins, Music by Bernard Stoltz .
© 2008. The Ikuta Press, Kobe Japan.27pp plus CD. 978-4-915813-11-5.

What Goes On, Selected & New Poems by Stephen Dunn.
© 2009. W.W. Norton & Co. 195pp. 978-0-393-06775-0.

Versed by Rae Armantrout.
© 2009. Wesleyan Univ. Press. 121pp. 978-0-8195-6879-3.

This Place Called Us, Poems by Lisa Wujnovich. Photos by Mark Dunau.
© 2008. Stockport Flats 2008. 55pp. 978-0-9819267-1-1.

Abundance by Robin Chapman.
© 2009. Cider Press. 60pp. 978-1-930781-03-0

Ghost Dance in 33 Movements by Anny Ballardini.
© 2009. LuLu.com.80pp. 978-0-98050096-8-7.

All That Lies Between Us by Maria Mazziotti Gillan.
© 2007 Guernica Editions.86pp.ISBN: 978-1-55071-261-6.

BEST POETRY CHAPBOOKS
Reading the Tao at Eighty by Ann B. Knox.
© 2008. Finishing Line Press. 27pp. 978-1-59924-365-8.

Circling Out by Martin Galvin.
© 2007. Finishing Line Press. 26pp. 978-1-59924-145-6.

Back of the Envelope by Greg McBride.
© 2009. Copperdome Chapbook. 35pp. 978-0-9798714-98.

A Thirst That’s Partly Mine by Liz Ahl.
© 2008. Slapering Hol Press. 25pp. 13:978-0-9820626-0-9.

BEST MEMOIR
The 5th Inning by E. Ethelbert Miller,
© 2009. Busboys and Poets/PM Press. 167 pages. 978-1-60486-062-7

BEST GRAPHIC POETRY BOOK
Modern Haiga 2008, edited by Denis M. Garrison, Alexis Rotella, Liam Wilkinson, Linda Papanicolaou and Raffael de Gruttola.
© 2008. Modern English Tanka Press.104pp. ISSN: 1941-4986.

BEST POETRY ANTHOLOGY
Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, edited by Robert L. Giron.
© 2009. Gival Press .252pp.13-078-1-928589-43-3

BEST FICTION
Abraham’s Bay & Other Stories by Jack Greer.
© 2008. Dryad Press. 240pp. 978-1-928-755-12-8.

BEST POETRY DOCUMENTARY FILM
Jump Back, Honey, Jump back” Documentary on Paul Lawrence Dunbar. Featuring the Performance of Herbert Woodward Martin.
© 2009. www.jumpbackhoney.com

BEST FEATURE LENGTH FILM
“Marathon” produced by Richard Harteis, a film on his life with William Meredith.
RIVERRUN Productions. RIVERRUNBOOKS@cs.com

BEST BOOKS
Vast Horizons and A High Hour of Darkness by John Gracen Brown,
© 2009. 430 Va. Av. Martinsburg, WV. 330pp.

If the Heart is Lean by Margaret Luongo,
© 2008 by Louisiana State University Press. 156pp
ISBN 978-0-8071-3376-7 (pbk.:alk,paper)

BEST LITERARY MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
10X3 Plus, edited by Sue Ann Simar,
© 2008. Beginner’s Mind Publishing. 56pp.

Paterson Literary Review, edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan.
© 2009. Paterson Community College. 321pp. ISSN 0743-2259.

Pembroke, edited by Shelby Stephenson.
© 2008.Univ. of N.C. at Pembroke. 330pp.

BEST POETRY/ART MAGAZINE
Oranges&Sardines VOL.2 ISSUE 1.
Spring © 2009, edited by DiDi Menendez & Ivonne Bess. Goss183:: Casa Menendez. ISSN 1543-6063.

BEST DICTIONARY
The Dickson Baseball Dictionary by Paul Dickson.
© 2009. W.W. Norton Co. 978-0-393-066821-4


Grace Cavalieri is a poet and playwright. She produces and hosts "The Poet and the Poem" from the Library of Congress for public radio. Her latest book is Anna Nicole: POEMS, ©2008.

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