I encountered Damian Rogers for the first time at this year’s US Poets in Mexico workshop. She was walking around Mérida, Mexico, frazzled, trying to track down her luggage that had been lost by the airline she’d flown in on a few days earlier. Despite her lack of possessions in a strange city, she made smart-ass remarks with me in the van to Chichen Itza and talked poetry and music.
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Catie Rosemurgy’s second poetry collection, The Stranger Manual (Graywolf Press 2009), is a heady, yet playful romp through the American psyche. Through her main character, Miss Peach, Rosemurgy questions gender roles in the tradition of PJ Harvey and Liz Phair. Her setting for many of the poems is a somewhat fictitious place Gold River, a sort of Anytown, USA. Reminiscent of Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, and Anne Sexton, Rosemurgy’s precise, restrained language prods into the darkness behind the seemingly mundane nature of her characters and places.
It’s hard to classify Joanna Fuhrman’s poetry. David Shapiro calls it “infra-surrealism” and the press release for her fourth collection Pageant (Alice James Books 2009) defines it as “pop-surrealist lyrical poetry,” but it’s more than that. Unlike a lot of surrealist poetry, Fuhrman’s work actually makes sense.
I’m not usually a fan of prose poetry, however Ray Gonzalez’s new book Cool Auditor (BOA Editions Ltd. 2009) has made me a believer. Gonzalez’s form straddles the line between poetry and prose allowing an opening for readers of both genres to enjoy his thick, musical language and fantastic imagery.
Kristin Naca’s first book Bird Eating Bird was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the National Poetry Series and published October 2009 by HarperCollins. Naca’s language is similar to her title—her poems are delicate, meticulously edited, and at times ravenously devour the reader.
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon’s latest book, Open Interval (Pittsburgh Press, 2009), is a lovely meditation on the concept of distance. Open Interval attempts to measure and name the distances between thoughts and bodies, celestial and/or physical.
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