with no offence intended to the shortlisted for the Lampert, the Lowther, the Griffin, here’s my not at all comprehensive list of 2010 books that should (have) receive(d) more notice and their authors who deserve cash, limos, laurels, groupies and a chance to act like Charlie Sheen on national television…
since i have written a bit about all of these books except a few (which i’ll get to), i’ll just provide the list.
been shed bore by Pearl Pirie (Chaudiere Books)
The Little Seamstress by Phil Hall (Pedlar Press)
Rhapsodomancy by kevin mcpherson eckhoff (Coach House)
Fallout by Sandra Ridley (did receive a Saskatchewan Book Award for publisher Hagios)
The Porcupinity of the Stars by Gary Barwin (Coach House)
The Chimney Stone by Rob Winger (Nightwood Editions)
Wild Horses by rob mclennan (the University of Alberta Press)
R’s Boat by Lisa Robertson (University of California Press-i know, not a Canadian publisher, but i’m including because Robertson is Canadian, dagnabit)
Nox by Anne Carson (New Directions-another non Canadian publisher, but see above, dagnabit.
all of these books surprised me, made me excited about the possibilities of language, image, sound, and whimsy. these books were powerful works of poetry where such emotions as grief, humour, and wonder were prevalent throughout. sometimes i wonder what kind of a world it is when books like these receive such little notice from the literati. and then i don’t. sigh. do yourself a favour. if you haven’t purchased these small jewels, buy them today. and perhaps write a wee review or blog entry about them.
in the meantime, here are virtual prizes for these unsung poetic heroes:
a loving cup, three dozen red roses and a magnum of champagne
without your delicious works, mes chers, i would have to say, why write, why read poetry at all…why bother…you put the O in poetry.
please suggest other poetry books published in 2010 that deserve notice and purchase…