Today, one of our contributing editors, Adam Day, shares two poetry books he’s looking forward to in 2010:
Dan Chiasson’s Natural History blew my mind. The genuineness of that text’s irony, visceral nature, raw emotion, and linguistic play set Chiasson apart from a flurry of younger poets trying to sing similar songs. Then I read the title poem of his forthcoming volume, Where’s the Moon, There’s the Moon (Knopf, in the Spring 2008 issue of The Paris Review and found myself absolutely absorbed in the long poem. Needless to say I’m scratching at the walls to get my hands on the full book in February. People say a lot of things in blurbs of praise, but I honestly think Chiasson, more so than almost any other poet of his generation, might be a poet whose books will be eagerly anticipated far into his career.
Kathleen Graber’s second book, The Eternal City, scheduled for release in the summer of 2010, will be the first book in Princeton University Press’s relaunched Contemporary Poets Series. This wonderfully energetic book opens with its title poem-cycle in which passages from the writings of Marcus Aurelius and a millennium of human history and culture are interspersed with the narrator’s internal life. Hesiod, Kundera, Walter Benjamin, Adorno, Blake, Augustine, Linnaeus, Freud, Kobayashi Issa – they all play a part in this volume which brings the intellect down to earth, creating deeply human, actually touching (rather than sentimental) and vigorous poems out of the conceptual and the historical.
Our staff countdown to 2010 continues tomorrow!