My 6,128 Favorite Books
- "Joe Queenan on how a harmless juvenile pastime turned into a lifelong personality disorder."
BEOWULF: A new translation Many modern Beowulf translations, while excellent in their own ways, suffer from what Kathleen Biddick might call “melancholy” for an oral and aural way of poetic making… The sense of loss or nostalgia for the old form seems a necessary and ever-present shadow over modern Beowulfs. What happens, however, when a contemporary poet, quite simply, doesn’t bother with any such nostalgia?
Michael Davidson: "Tom Meyer’s Beowulf reenacts the dark grandeur of a poem that is as much a story of vengeance as it is of courage and loyalty. Meyer brings the poem’s alliterative, inflected line in concert with post-Poundian lineation to give the reader a vivid sense of our oldest poem’s modernity." Free download from independent publisher Punctum Books. [more inside]
Ever since something was invented to replace it, people have been predicting the end of the book:
The Death Of The Book Through The Ages [more inside]
Are Women People?
A writer for The Hairpin discovers the satirical poetry of Alice Duer Miller
The Agrippa Files
presents a fairly expansive overview of the original and very rare 1992 art book Agrippa (a book of the dead)
, a collaboration between artist Dennis Ashbaugh
, author William Gibson
, and award-winning journalist
Kevin Begos, Jr. that presciently explored the ephemeral nature of and decay of memories and information. [more inside]
is not only a great author of weird sf, and a creator of the mysterious city of Ambergris
, but has an alternative official site
where he makes merciless fun of himself
and the whole idea of author web pages. The site includes bad poetry
, a secret subsite
of the "webdesigner" Garry and a strange alien baby project
, just for starters.....
So this year's Best American Poetry
book is out, which means it's time once again for me to feel (English-major) guilt about not enjoying, or even "getting," more contemporary poetry. It looks like I'm not the only one, though, who wonders, "Does anybody like these poems?"
Poet Joan Houlihan
likens this collection to a "suburban poetry mall." (via Arts & Letters Daily)