A bookstore sale allowed me to pick up loads of titles this month, namely, the first seven titles in the list below. The last three came from a much-delayed online order.
- The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists by Gideon Defoe (third book in a series but this and the fifth book on the Romantics are the ones I’m really interested in)
- The Dream Archipelago by Christopher Priest
- The Stain on the Snow by Georges Simenon (published in the US as Dirty Snow)
- Midnight Plus One by Gavin Lyall
- Before, During, and After: Poems by Hal Sirowitz
- The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd
- The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard
- The Winter Sun: Notes on a Vocation by Fanny Howe
- The Lion Bridge: Selected Poems 1972-1995 by Michael Palmer
- Thread by Michael Palmer (reviews from Jacket 2, Lana Turner, The Constant Critic, Poetry magazine, and Publishers Weekly)
- Conjunctions 37: Twentieth Anniversary Issue (Fall 2001)
Something’s off with the comments section on TG1B, so this is what I wanted to say:
Second, one of the best bits about Harriet the Spy I’ve read compared it to, among other titles, John Le Carré’s A Perfect Spy as a thematic equivalent, almost a childhood version.
Third, as is obvious, I loved this book, so thanks for writing about it here!
March was a dry month for buying and reading books, mostly because I was working on my thesis and had little time for shopping and reading. Still, I’m grateful a friend gave me my first Bukowski: War All The Time: Poems 1981-1984.
I also managed to pick up a copy of William Gibson’s Johnny Mnemonic: The Story and the Screenplay. While I’ve read the story several times, since my battered Burning Chrome paperback gets reread relatively often, I’ve never seen the film. I bought the book on a whim: it was cheap and I’ve always been curious about it, after seeing so many mail-order forms for it attached to old paperbacks.
And now…suddenly there’s news about a possible Johnny Mnemonic TV series.
Aphorisms from Mark Leidner, whose Beauty Was The Case That They Gave Me I loved.
This month, poet and old friend of THERMOS Mark Leidner has published a book of aphorisms, called The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover. Put out by Sator Press— a self-made pay-what-you-will indie publisher— the book is available right now. Go get it! Here’s a selection of work from inside:
the purpose of love is to gain so much of one person’s trust, that when they are dying you can tell them it will be okay, and they will believe you
the period of time beginning halfway into the previous second, and ending halfway through the next, is what is known as the “fiscal second”
early on in his career, the poet sold his soul; he then spent the rest of his life trying to redeem it; as a result, he was highly motivated, and all of his ambition was sincere
missing someone is like what the…
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- The Trees Around by Chris Tonelli
- Goat in the Snow by Emily Pettit
- The French Exit by Eliza Gabbert
- Either Way I’m Celebrating, poems and comics by Sommer Browning
- Kings of the F**king Sea, poems by Dan Boehl, images by Jonathan Marshall
So far, the only Birds LLC title I don’t have is the just-released Rise in the Fall, with poems by Ana Božičević and art by Bianca Stone. I’ll most likely order that when they also release The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather.
2013 began in a state of panic and pressure, as I struggled to finish my thesis, at least in a form ready for defense. At the end of my efforts: a 24-page poetics essay for an introduction and a 13-page appendix with some “notes on composition” bracket 56 poems. If that seems short, the prose section especially, it’s only because I had to wrestle all sorts of ideas out of my paper in the hopes of streamlining what was an unwieldy beast I could barely control back then. Now I can somewhat breathe again, this draft of my thesis with my critic, who will point out any revisions that have to be made before giving me the green-light for defense. Now I can finally rave about the great titles I received in January:
and, part of my wife’s Christmas gift to me, three books each from three small presses:
Top row: Canarium Books
- Madame X by Darcie Dennigan
- The Invention of Glass by Emmanuel Hocquard (translated by Cole Swensen and Rod Smith)
- I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say by Anthony Madrid
Middle row: Factory Hollow Press
- Beauty Was The Case That They Gave Me by Mark Leidner
- Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death by Caryl Pagel
- Crash Dome by Alex Phillips
Bottom row: Octopus Books