March 04, 2007

Three books I've been particularly interested in lately:

Inger Christensen's It. Finally in translation and I was totally unable to stop reading it. Stunning beginning.

Bob Perelman's Iflife. "Subject Matter" or "Iflife" has wonderful new take on poetry/essay mix.

Ron Silliman's Under Albany. Crucial reading for trying to understand how the east bay became what it is. Although all told through the details of one person. Felt the story ended too early, which is inevitable limitation of the poem's explication of previous poem. Wanted more about the east bay as it becomes what it is now, deeply beholden to the computer industry. Interesting details about poetry at the time. Attempts a certain inclusiveness to the story it tells. Is it before Grand Piano? Or at same time?

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