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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

So what did Ravi Shankar say about my 2008 AWP Quickie Contest-winning poem "I have forgotten all my Spanish" in volume six, issue one of Redivider?

"Reminiscent of Ron Padgett's work in its deceptive simplicity and reflexive irony, "I have forgotten all my Spanish" establishes a credible voice and explores the subliminal space between waking and dreaming by delving into the interlingual transcription of desire. The ending of the piece is spot on, with its evocation of a Puerto Rican girl whose very otherness complicates the speaker's conscious and subconscious identity. Plus it's damn funny!"

Thank you much, kind sir!

Go ahead and read my review of Noelle Kocot's Sunny Wednesday over at Tarpaulin Sky. It's a good book, and a good review. There's just goodness all over the place.

Check out my "Best Poetry Books of 2009" list over at No Tell Motel's blog, No Tells.