Gifts for Poets and Poetry Lovers

It’s that time of year again! Here are some suggestions that might make the perfect gift for those that love poetry!

How about a gift subscription to jubilat, Denver Quarterly, Conduit, or Fence?

Many presses offer 1 and 2 year subscriptions such as Litmus Press, $75 gets you or your loved one everything they publish in 2012-13 including their journal, Aufgabe.

$75 also gets a year worth of books from the fine folks over at Wave Books.

Nothing says Merry Christmas more than a two year gift subscription to Octopus Books! For $64 you get 6 full-lengths and around 4 chapbooks with free shipping.  The list includes  with Heather Christle’s The Trees The Trees, Rebecca Farivar’s Correct Animal, Brandon Downing’s AT ME, and a reprint of CD Wright’s 40 Watts. And then 4 more books: Chris DeWeese’s The Black Forest and Jenny Zhang’s Dear Jenny, We Are All Find, Patricia Lockwood’s Balloon Pop Outlaw Black and Ben Mirov’s Hider Roser.

For only $50 you get all of this from Black Ocean: Hunger Transit by Feng Sun Chen (Spring 2012)
Fjords by Zachary Schomburg (Spring 2012), Handsome Vol. 4 (Spring 2012), Dark Matter by Aase Berg, trans. Johannes Göransson (Fall 2012),The Moon’s Jaw by Rauan Klassnik (Fall 2012)

No Tell Books has a deal where you can get any two of their titles for $20. Some of their authors include Bruce Covey, Hugh Behm-Steinberg, and Lea Graham.

Yes Yes Books offers both print and e-book subscriptions. When you subscribe, Heavy Petting by Gregory Sherl and Panic Attack, USA by Nate Slawson will be immediately mailed to you. On February 14th, 2012 they’ll send you I Don’t Mind if You’re Feeling Alone by Thomas Patrick Levy.

Ahsahta Press has a three different gifts packages (ranging from $65-35) including books by Kate Greenstreet and Karla Kelsey.

Dancing Girl Press has a (chap)book bundle of 5 for $25.

Projective Industries publishes hand-bound chapbooks. You can get four for $20 (while supplies last).

How about Fact-Simile’s Trading Cards including poets such as Bhanu Kapil, CA Conrad, and Joanne Kyger.

If you find yourself in Brooklyn or Manhattan, Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop is offering free door-to-door delivery on their bicycles (weather permitting).  Not only is that green, but you can support multiple presses and hand-select you’re own gift packages!

Likewise, if you find yourself in Northampton you’d be remiss not to stop into Flying Object or shop from them online!

While “best” has always been an arguable term, if you need more suggestions of what people have been reading/raving about take a look at Third Factory/Notes of Poetry and No Tells.