Best New Poets 2012
Dear Readers, Readers, and, yes, Readers,
The third issue of Yorick Magazine is coming to you…soon. Unfortunately, the staff at Yorick was caught in a Civil War reenactment battle, so some of us are artificially wounded and have to pretend to be dead for the rest of the historic and educational event. Oh dear. But! On discovering Best New Poets, a great organization featuring, well, the best new poets of modern civilization and uncivilization, we found five of our favorites on a compiled list by Matthew Dickman, renowned and award-winning Portland poet.
Sean Bishop, with “Black Hole Owners Association” – originally in Alaska Quarterly Review
Bishop’s poetry is bleak and mildly sarcastic, with a grim timbre and sagging lines that draw the reader into Bishop’s world.
Jenny Gropp Hess, with “Months After the Crash, the Blind Aerobatic Pilot Speaks” – originally in Beecher’s Magazine
An important mixture of image and sparsity, Hess’ poetry spans several contexts and ideas to bring the reader into a state of mind that compares the incomparable.
Mia Ayumi Malhotra, with “As If” – originally in The Monarch Review
Blunt, full of didactic-isms and the reality of being an Asian American, Malhotra’s poetry illustrates goofy and lugubrious lives through momentary awkward, though gorgeously written, instances.
Matthew Nienow, with “O Anchor” – originally in Beloit Poetry Journal
Nienow’s brilliance comes from his innate understanding of the poetics of industry. Quite simply, his poetry discovers beauty in the subtleties of a job, especially boatwork.
Martin Rock, with “Double Acrostic for Francis Ponge”
Rock has a spiritual edge with his poetry, something spectral that emerges through cultural enigmas and startling realizations. The words culminate to appreciate the mysteries of life.
Well that’s our mini-list! Invest some time in researching these poets, and learn more about the up-and-coming-poets’ scene by purchasing a copy of the Best New Poets anthology here.
More soon. Cheers!
Posted on September 12, 2012, in Cool Stuff, Why So Serious and tagged best new poets 2012, jenny gropp hess, martin rock, mia ayumi malhotra, poetry, poets, sean bishop, yorick magazine. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.