Tuesday, January 16, 2007

books

Considering the lack of books under my Christmas tree I ordered two new ones yesterday. Acutally I ordered four and then got all neurotic and went back and cancelled two of them, one at a time. I don't know, last year I ended up with a couple dud books that I ordered on a whim. I would expect the two I cancelled, one by Bruce Smith and the other by Catherine Wing, to be good but I'm going to read more of both poets first.

Anyway, I did order Elaine Equi's Surface Tension and Marin Sorescu's Hands Behind my Back. I am a big Sorescu fan and look forward to having a whole book of just his poetry. Our friend Howard Miller reviewed his poetry in the Avatar Review last summer. I'm also a big Equi fan. This morning I was astonished to find there is no page for her over at the Academy of American Poets. What is that about? They've got all kinds of doodleschnackers over there and no Elaine Equi! I am going to be writing a letter to them. Here's an interview with her from 2004 in MiPo, which I understand is preparing to close shop.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the interview, Sarah. Thanks.

johanna

Dave said...

Hi Sarah,

I know what you mean. I've been disappointed a few times after ordering poetry books on a whim, but Catherine Wing's book is GREAT!

Maybe next time.

SarahJane said...

johanna,
yes, not often you get to read about your favorite poets having sex.

dave,
thanks for that. i went crazy for one of her poems, but then wondered if that was enough to base my well informed, well researched consumer decisions on. smile. yes, next time.

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