“I’ll Bite” by David James Miller

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2011 is going to be a pretty good year for reading poetry. Robert Duncan’s Collected Writings start appearing, beginning with The HD Book. Rae Armantrout’s Money Shot is out now. But the book that’s making it really interesting for me is the reissue of Zukofsky’s ‘A’.

Its copyright tale is pretty infamous at this point. How his son, the copyright holder, has absolutely, militantly refused any reprint in any form without explicitly written permission.

So when my copy came in the mail, I was struck by how heavy it is. This is, of course, for good reason: it’s a long damn poem. But mostly because it’s been too long for this to be out of print. Glad to have this around. 2011 has been a pretty good year for reading poetry.


David James Miller is a poet and educator whose poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in MoriaHannahDiagramelimae, and elsewhere. His chapbook Facts & Other Objects is forthcoming in early 2011. He writes from New York City where he lives with his wife and publishes These Signals Press, an independent press dedicated to innovative writing.