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Some Favourite Poetry Collections of 2009: Part Seven


Bill Allegrezza
Sonnet 56 by Paul Hoover (Les Figues Press)
Clampdown by Jennifer Moxley (Flood Editions)
The Book of Frank by C A Conrad (Chax Press)
Ren Powell
Carta Marina: A Poem in Three Parts by Ann Fisher-Wirth
(Wings Press)
Stalin in Aruba by Shelley Puhak (Black Lawrence Press)
Then, Something by Patricia Fargnoli (Tupelo Press)
The Mother/Child Papers by Alicia Suskin Ostriker
(University of Pittsburgh Press, reissue)
Amy MacLennan
Fear of Moving Water by Alex Grant (Wind Publications)
A Brief History of Time by Shaindel Beers (Salt Modern Poets)
In the Voice of a Minor Saint by Sarah J. Sloat (Tilt Press)
Pam Thompson
Unexpected Weather by Abi Curtis (Salt Modern Poets)
The Clockwork Gift by Claire Crowther (Shearsman Books)
Relinquish by Meryl Pugh (Arrowhead Press)
Claire Askew
Nothing Unrequited Here by Heather Bell (Verve Bath Press)
Dances with Vowels: New and Selected Poems
by Kevin Cadwallender (Smokestack Press)
Cover Story by Dave Coates (Forest Publications)
Geraldine Green
Poppin’ Johnny by George Wallace (Three Rooms Press)
The Hunt in the Forest by John Burnside (Jonathan Cape)
Inside a Turtle Shell by Robert Savino (Allbook Books)
Roy Woolley
Plan B by Paul Muldoon (Gallery Press)
Rain by Don Paterson (Faber & Faber)
Over by Jane Draycott (Carcanet Press)
Jocelyn Page
Endpoint and other poems by John Updike (Knopf)
Furniture by Lorraine Mariner (Picador)
Weeds and Wild Flowers by Alice Oswald (with etchings
by Jessica Greenman) (Faber & Faber)
Rustum Kozain
Oleander by Fiona Zerbst (Modjaji Books)
Jayne Fenton Keane
Best Australian Poems 2009, edited by Robert Adamson
(Black Inc.)
Amy Key
Chronic by D A Powell (Graywolf Press)
Like This by Diana Pooley (Salt Modern Poets)
Poemland by Chelsey Minnis (Wave Books)

Tom Chivers’ How to Build a City

Your Name Has Been Randomly Selected
Tom Chivers
Pennie Rakestraw emailed details of my order;
she claimed it helped performance in the bedroom.
Freuden Ginnery agreed and lodged himself between
the hard drive and the fan. He squeaks his sales pitch
on reboot. Morace Shakoor was kind enough to send me
excerpts from Victorian novels (he knows my taste),
cut up and reassembled as techno-futuristic porno;
all tongue and motor, bonnets upturned in the mud.
I let the Trojan in. I’m nice like that. Besides,
I got the note from Hartshorne Settlemire,
installed the relevant import hooks and re-subscribed;
ham, bacon and eggs (my account is blocked)
converted to plain text by Waynick Quibodeaux,
who knows a thing or two about naming.
From How to Build a City (Salt Publishing, 2009).
Read more about Tom and How to Build a City here.
Visit Tom’s blog.
How to Build a City (Tom Chivers), Unexpected Weather (Abi Curtis) and The Migraine Hotel (Luke Kennard) will be launched on Saturday, 13 June (8pm), at The Slaughtered Lamb, 34-35 Great Sutton Street, London, EC1V 0DX. Entrance is free. Ross Sutherland will be your compere for the evening. The reading will begin at 8.30pm.