Year in Review 2007

Best Book of New Poetry Published in 2007

Elegy, Mary Jo Bang
Blackbird and Wolf, Henri Cole
Inflorescence, Sarah Hannah
music for landing planes by, Eireann Lorsung
Fragment of the Head of a Queen, Cate Marvin
Autobiomythography & Gallery, Joe Millar
My Thieves, Ethan Paquin
The Cow, Ariana Reines
Rise Up, Matthew Rohrer
Indeed I Was Pleased With the World, Mary Ruefle
The Man Suit, Zachary Schomburg
a half-red sea, Evie Shockley
Embryos & Idiots, Larissa Szporluk
Native Guard, Natasha Trethewey
Embryoyo, Dean Young
For the Confederate Dead, Kevin Young

 

Best First Book
(Ah, first books. Some good ones this year. Two even won awards. )

Autobiomythography & Gallery, Joe Millar
music for landing planes by, Eireann Lorsung
Totem, Gregory Pardlo
The Cow, Ariana Reines
The Man Suit, Zachary Schomburg

 

Best Second Book

Goat Funeral
, Christopher Bakken
Inflorescence, Sarah Hannah
I’m the Man Who Loves You, Amy King
Drunk by Noon, Jennifer L. Knox
a half-red sea, Evie Shockley

 

 

Best All-New Collection by a Canonical Figure
 
 

 

A Worldly Country, John Ashbery
Time and Materials, Robert Hass
In the Pines, Alice Notley
Gulf Music, Robert Pinsky
Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth, Adrienne Rich

Best Selected/Collected

On the Edge: Collected Long Poems, Kenneth Koch
The Alphabet Game: a bpNichol Reader, bpNichol
Selected Poems, James Schuyler
Messenger: New and Selected Poems, Ellen Bryant Voigt
Crossing to Sunlight Revisited, Paul Zimmer

Best Poem in a New Collection

“Anticipated Stranger,” John Ashbery (from A Worldly Country)
“Inflorescence”, Sarah Hannah (from Inflorescence)
“The Refrigerator”, Mary Ruefle (from Indeed I Was Please With the World)
“A Band of Owls Moved into Town”, Zachary Schomburg (from The Man Suit)
“Dear Friend,” Dean Young (from Embryoyo)

 

 

Best Book Title

A Fiddle Pulled from the Throat of a Sparrow, Noah Eli Gordon
Inflorescence, Sarah Hannah
music for landing planes by, Eireann Lorsung
Indeed I Was Pleased With the World, Mary Ruefle
Embryoyo, Dean Young

Best Book Cover  (as if this one were a competition)

  • Goodtimes_asif As if the World Really Mattered, Art Goodtimes

 

 

 

  • Cistulli_somecommon_2 Some Common Weaknesses Illustrated, Carson Cistulli

 

 

 

  • Lorsung_musicforlanding_2 music for landing planes by, Eireann Lorsung

 

 

 

  • Young_confederatedead_3 For the Confederate Dead, Kevin Young

 

 

 

  • Staples_doggirl Dog Girl, Heidi Lynn Staples

 

 

  • Rohrer_riseup Rise Up, Matthew Rohrer
     

 

 

Best Long Poem
(Award for a new poem at least 5 pages in length)

 “The Handshake, the Cough, the Kiss”, John Ashbery, from A Worldly Country
“A New Hymn to the Old Night”, Noah Eli Gordon, from A Fiddle Pulled from the Throat of a Sparrow
“Gallery, Where the Memory of the Body (i) Converges with its Various Instances”, Joe Millar, from Autobiomythography & Gallery
“Hampton”, Ethan Paquin, from My Thieves
“Native Guard”, Natasha Trethewey, from Native Guard

 

Best Book-Length Poem

Attempts at a Life, Danielle Dutton
Key Bridge, Ken Rumble
The Age of Huts Compleat, Ron Silliman
The Glass Age, Cole Swenson

Best First Poem

“A Sonata for Four Hands,” Mary Jo Bang, from Elegy
“Letter I”, Laynie Browne, from The Scented Fox
“The Garden As She Left It”, Sarah Hannah, from Inflorescence
“What is Given”, Joe Millar, from Autobiomythography & Gallery
“The Day the Earth Stood Still”, Mary Ruefle, from Indeed I Was Pleased With the World
“Antigone”, Michael Scharf, from For Kid Rock / Total Freedom

Best Final Poem

“The Hutch”, Sarah Hannah, from Inflorescence
“Gallery, Where the Memory of the Body (i) Converges with its Various Instances”, Joe Millar, from Autobiomythography & Gallery
“The Refrigerator”, Mary Ruefle, from Indeed I Was Pleased with the World
“A Voice Box With Words Still In It”, Zachary Schomburg, from The Man Suit
“South”, Natasha Trethewey, from Native Guard

Best Opening Lines

From “A Worldly Country”, opener for John Ashbery’s A Worldly Country:

Not the smoothness, not the insane clocks on the square,
the scent of manure in the municipal parterre,
not the fabrics, the sullen mockery of Tweety Bird,
not the fresh troops that needed freshening up. If it occurred…

From “What is Given”, opener for Joe Millar’s Autobiomythography & Gallery:

All things being equal, I’d say the world
was most interested in its own piracy,
engaged in constant erasure…

From “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, opener for Mary Ruefle’s Indeed I Was Pleased With the World:

I remember the day the official letter came
announcing that on such and such a day.
And on such and such a day I was ready.
I toweled off and sat by the window.

From “Antigone,” opener for Michael Scharf’s For Kid Rock / Total Freedom:

Greetings your brother is dead

—Which—which

Both

From “Boulders,” opener for Larissa Szporluk’s Embryos & Idiots:

He knew she was hiding a bee. He could hear it
zapping inside her, trapped in the amber
nook that led to her mineral uterus.

Best Closing Lines

From “The Hutch”, closer for Sarah Hannah’s Inflorescence:

Deep: the scent, the wood itself—
Walnut, lost thirty, forty years,
Returned, a certain desperate stir,
Unquiet thoughts,
Felling, the outraged exodus of birds.

From “Prayer”, closer for Eireann Lorsung’s music for landing planes by:

lips like holy palmers’ hands dear
pilgrim      let this morning while ice
breaks deep in bay go on
and on let it     yes    let it

From “Gallery, Where the Memory of the Body (i) Converges with its Various Instances”, closer for Joe Millar’s Autobiomythography & Gallery:

White lights, the stage liquefied.
They stand and bow, smiling,
maskless, their costumes gripping their insulated bodies.
And of course, we all rise to our feet.
We had been on our knees since the beginning.

From “The Refrigerator”, closer for Mary Ruefle’s Indeed I Was Pleased With The World:

The two greatest Egyptian gods made love in the womb
(they were twins) so the sound of their birth
was the sound of a pregnant baby.
And this baby gave birth in turn, which is time,
to the sound of the world in which you live.

Technical Awards

the essay/poem:The Book of Beginnings and Endings, Jenny Boully
the novel-poem: Attempts at a Life, Danielle Dutton
fill-in-the-blank/mania: Swallows, Robin Ewing
wikipeding: For Kid Rock / Total Freedom, Michael Scharf
the pullout page-poem: a half-red sea, Evie Shockley

Best “Thirteenth Poem”

The Scented Fox, Laynie Browne
Letters Toward Jim, Matthew Langley
The Man Suit, Zachary Schomburg
The Drug of Art: Selected Poems, Ivan Blatny

Best Response to Coldfront
(Award for greatness in reacting to America’s favorite poetry review journal.  Nota: titles our own.)

“An Imposition”, Someone

Hi,

I found my way to your site and your claims. But the lists are the same
ol’ lists. The names on the link list the same as those on most of the
other link lists. As is to be expected I suppose. The REAL stuff always
looks the same, huh? I suppose that’s why I find so much of it so
boring. It’s a real shame.

I’d recommend a bunch of people and sites, but judging from what I’ve
just look through, it would waste your time.
One day, the clique will find a way to look past it’s [sic] clubhouse door.
Well, that’s the prayer, anyway.

“Humble Disagreement”, Geoffrey Gatza:

I wanted to thank you for the review of Black Diamond Golden Boy Takes Bull By Horns. We are in an odd time of seeing only positive reviews and if a bad review is intended most presses simply do not talk about that book. Mike’s review was not in my favor but in Poetry’s! I of course disagree with his findings but his method was tight and even, so I can only applaud you for printing this. (I can say this as there is a favorable review of the book coming out in Jacket so it evens things in my mind a bit, so hurray :-)

“5.5”, Ken Rumble

And there’s a review up at Coldfront Magazine that John Deming wrote. It’s odd because the review doesn’t seem that critical really — there are some things he doesn’t like about the book of course — but the “rating” is 5.5 of 10. Ouch!! Turn the heat down, babe! But c’est la vie and shit — I appreciate the read and ink, and maybe they’ll get rid of the ratings someday.

later…

And after all, I did better than Mary Karr — so thanks, John & Coldfront!