Tuesday, March 18, 2008

UBC #13 - National Poetry Month Hype!

In a two weeks (or so) April will be upon us. April, if you didn't know, happens to be National Poetry Month. T.S. Eliot used to tell the boys that April was the cruelest month. Nuts to that, I say! He was probably loathing having to do his taxes. At any rate, we here in the basement are, as the kids say, stoked for next month. It gives us a chance to dust off our throwback "Pumped 4 Poetry" jerseys and start throwing down A-B-A-B rhyme schemes and reciting Fibonacci poems like they're going out of style. Wait, they have? Gabunza! Let me share a couple titles with you:

The Apple That Astonished Paris
by Billy Collins
Arkansas Univ. Press c1988 Trade Paperback

This collection of poems by one of the genre's most readable and easily accessible craftsmen is sixty-one page romp through the disturbingly comedic fields of everyday life. Barking dogs. Bars. Reading Anna Karenina. Lowell, MA. Hart Crane. Gun Control. They're all here. I must profess that i've never been a HUGE Collins fan. That being said, I can appreciate his comedic genius and the niche he's built for himself in seemingly everyone's collection. Or was that Phil? Did Billy Collins record "Sussudio"? That was a hilarious tome.


The Nude Formalism
by Charles Bernstein and Susan Bee
20 Pages Press c1989 Chapbook

I was an english major in college. The best part about being an english major was being able to say to a professor, "Yeah, these poems by this T.S. Eliot guy are dandy and all, but i'm more of a devout Charles Bernstein follower." At the time it seemed like a badass thing to say. The moral of the story is that I was and still am a HUGE Bernstein fan:
    Man with no clothes trapped
    in a zoo with a bird
    trapped in a zoo with no
    clothes. A fire engine hrt
    the man's head in the
    A wave broke on the man's head.
    Red red
    wave with circle, mirror, little
    green purple washing face.

Also, I apparently dislike T.S. Eliot on a deeply subconscious level. I had no idea I knocked the man twice in one post. My apologies to the Eliot estate.

[if nobody buys this by the 25th of March, I will!]

please call or email to hold or purchase. only one copy, so its first come first serve. please note that we will only keep books on hold at the store for three days (including weekends).

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