Months and months ago I received this catalog in the mail and haven't had time to discuss it. I love getting these catalogs. They're full of free sample poems from new poets and I actually do buy books from them. I've tagged the following poets and books for checking out:
Daisy Fried's Women's Poetry (gritty poem here about women's poetry mashed-up with car parts), Denise Duhamel's Blowout (I always love her frank poems), Laura Read's Instructions for My Mother's Funeral (seems poingnant to me now that my Aunt Merle has just passed away), Paisley Rekdal's book Animal Eye looks good (she does a poem about the movie The Fly called "Intimacy").
The poem "Getting Down With the Mofos" by Elton Glaser was some sing-songy childlike language/ars poetica poetry. Alicia Suskin Ostriker's poem "Fire" is a great fire and brimstone piece. And I liked these lines from Jan Beatty's poem, "Visitation at Gogama:"
I saw my birth father young and alive,
he stepped out of a brown house with a white
sign on the side: WILD BILL (his nickname)
in big block letters. I saw him the way he was
before he made me.