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The final collection by award-winning poet Reetika Vazirani, published by Drunken Boat.

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Annotations of contemporary poetry edited by Lisa Russ Spaar, published by Drunken Boat.


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Dear Friends and Supporters of Drunken Boat,

All of us here at Drunken Boat are very excited about our next book, The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations on Contemporary Poetry. THASM_cvrs2The book features Lisa Russ Spaar’s fabulous essays on the contemporary poets listed below.

To support the promotion of the book, we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $2,000 by the end of the year, and we’re already a 1/4th of the way there! Please help us make this campaign a success by making a tax-deductible donation to our campaign. You can also help us by sharing the campaign with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter:

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Published Nov 27, 2012 - Comments Off on Drunken Boat on Kickstarter!

Basho, On Love and Barley (tr., Lucien Styrk).   Always magic, always mixing worlds and worlds and worlds.

Donna de la Perriere, “First Love,” in Volt (http://www.voltpoetry.com/images/volt17_Perriere.pdf). A great new poem by a great poet.

Paul Hoover, desolation : souvenir.  A great book—one of the most beautiful (one of the wisest) books of poetry I have ever read.

Kathryn Pringle, Fault Tree.  If you’re worrying about the future of poetry, stop.

Nijole Miliauskaite (tr., Jonas Zdanys), four poems in The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry (ed., J.D. McClatchey).  Miliauskaite’s poems are wonderful and absolutely necessary—I need to find more of her work right away.

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Published Nov 25, 2012 - Comments Off on What I’m Reading Now… by Joseph Lease

Drunken Boat is proud to announce its 2012 Pushcart Prize Nominees–

Supriya Bhatnagar, “Of Kabir and Karma”








Luis Francia, “For the Lovers in Fallujah”








Cróna Gallagher, “Ballypuca”




Amit Majmudar, “Pandemic Ghazal”








Barbara Ellen Sorensen, “Ghost Flower & Wind – A Tale of Deep Brain Stimulation”Sorensen, Barbara Ellen









Sheera Talpaz, “What We Mean by Ambition”Talpaz, Sheera








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Published Nov 17, 2012 - Comments Off on Drunken Boat 2012 Pushcart Prize Nominees

What I’m reading when I’m reading as I am always reading now:


Two translations of Paul Celan, Pierre Joris’ magnificent THREADSUNS and John Felstiner’s rendering of selected poems and prose.  This,in Felstiner’s mirroring of the man in anguish, from“The Meridian,” to remind me: “Art creates I-distantness.  Art in a certain direction demands a certain distance, a certain path.”


Selected Essays 1934-45, Simone Weil. “A Medieval Epic Poem,” re an epic fragment poem “Song of the Crusades Against the Albigensians.” A girl does love her heretics.


“Songs and Stories of the Ghouls” by Alice Notley which I blurbed but don’t remember, described by Wesleyan as “an epic poem of genocide, designed to create to create power for the dead.” Hmm.  I say: “Songs and Stories of the Ghouls makes thrilling claims for the power of dispossession.” 


I-distantness. Lost poems. Forgetting and dispossession, and other severe forms of freedom.


A Desert Book of Flowers. Many, including the Globe-Mallow, Purple Verbena, and red sage, I see looking up from the book, are just flowering now.


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Published Nov 09, 2012 - Comments Off on What I’m Reading Now… by Claudia Keelan