Tuesday, March 03, 2009

AmeriCAN Poets

I am officially out-of-touch. I had no idea there was a set of young twin poets gobbling up awards and accolades. I think I saw the name "Matthew Dickman" in an announcement for the APR//Honickman Prize when I flipped through an APR, but I am completely unfamiliar with his or his brother's work, other than what I've read in this damning review by Michael Schiavo.

I link to it mostly because Michael lists Jill Alexander Essbaum's Harlot as one of the "recent collections by young American poets writing wildly interesting, vital work, who address the concerns of their country and of their generation in a myriad of intelligent and advanced styles."

You thought Harlot only addressed giant cocks, didn't you? Well then, looks like you need to think a little longer on that.

(Heh heh, "longer" joke specifically for Jill's benefit.)


At 12:30 AM, Blogger Tortilla ex Machina said...

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At 12:31 AM, Blogger Matt said...

I have to admit, it's an extremely satisfying review.

At 12:35 AM, Blogger Reb said...

Tortilla, I am not familiar with Misti Rainwater-Lites, but will check her out. Thanks for the recommendation.

I published both Leigh and Denise at No Tell. Glad to know you're a fan too.

At 12:35 AM, Blogger Tortilla ex Machina said...

Speaking of the real thing, you should do the old fashioned thing and solicit something from Misti Rainwater-Lites. Don't know her at all, but stumbled upon her, and her stuff, and she is truly the real thing.

I think that she and Denise Duhamel and Leigh Stein are the best things going now. And you already did Leigh Stein. And Denise Duhamel.

And it looks like the boys have a lot of catching up to do.


PS my apologies if you already know her and/or can't abide her. Well, her stuff. I can't imagine that, though...

And I forgot Xander Mellish. Just because she is in Denmark, well, I think that she should be here, too. Word-wise at least.

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Shameless Hussy said...

My response to encountering a poem by the poet in question, quite out of the blue as I had no idea who he was, is found here. http://lemonhound.blogspot.com/2008/12/upon-reading-recent-poem-in-magazine.html

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Reb said...

Oh I do remember reading that post! I must not have clicked through to the poem link at the end.

At 1:44 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Don't sell yourself, er, short: giants cocks are of incredible importance to contemporary American poetry.

At 2:47 PM, Blogger jeannine said...

I believe these twin poets were given a tongue-bath in a couple of high-profile places earlier...maybe the end of last year?

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Emily A. Benton said...

Jill rocks the boat!

I've enjoyed what I've read of Matthew & Michael in lit mags here or there (I think Narrative was the last place I saw one of them), but have yet to pick up either one of their books.

Jeannine, yeah, I think there was a P&W article a while back about how they were breaking out of Oregon and were former students of Dorianne Laux.

At 3:42 PM, Blogger Glenn Ingersoll said...

You're totally out of touch? What about me? I'm totally out of toucher than you! I've never heard of any of these people.

I'm totally ready for a harsh on for the big bad well published yucky poets but the critic has to write good who's trashing the guy who don't write good for not writing good. And critic? He no write good. I could quote examples!


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