Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Amongst

what Ron Silliman describes as "(offering) an obscene amount of riches", the latest edition —#12 — of Eileen Tabios' book review blog galatea resurrects includes reviews by Thomas Fink, Kristin Berkey-Abbott, Tom Hibbard, William Allegrezza, John M. Bennett, Nathan Logan, & Steve Tills of the following books from Otoliths.

237 More Reasons to Have Sex by Denise Duhamel & Sandy McIntosh

Endgames by Márton Koppány

Diptychs: Visual Poems by Nico Vassilakis

Longfellow Memoranda by Geof Huth

From the Annual Records of the Cloud Appreciation Society "edited" by Márton Koppány and Nico Vassilakis

That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness by Elisa Gabbert & Kathleen Rooney

This Poem/What Speaks?/A Day by Tom Beckett
My sincere thanks for this plethora of publicity to the writers, the reviewers, & especially to Eileen for making this avenue available.

On a more personal note, the Chatelaine herself "engages" Lunch Poems, my chapbook from Michael Steven's Auckland-based Soapbox Press, & discovers "a perfect poem." Such a singular lack of hyperbole was also evident in an earlier engagement she had with my the allegrezza ficcione which she described as either a "classic" or a "masterpiece". Mind you, I, modestly, purloined an extract from her engagement to use as a blurb for the second edition of the book.

Elsewhere, in issue #217 of the New Zealand literary magazine Landfall, unfortunately only in print & not online, is a wonderful review by Martin Edmond of my Pelican Dreaming: Poems 1959-2008, published by Eileen's Meritage Press. Also in the issue are a number of my Genji Monogatari poems. It's a renewed association with the magazine; I first appeared in its pages 45 years ago.

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