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Last December I posted my “most engaging books of 2010” list with 13 books of poetry, 2 of fiction, 2 of theory and 2 collecteds … this year the field consisted of a vastly different array of “most engaging” books. This is the cream of the crop for 2011:


Baum, Erica. Dog Ear. Brooklyn: Ugly Duckling, 2011.

Bergvall, Caroline. Meddle English. New York: Nightboat, 2011.

Dworkin, Craig. Motes. New York: Roof Books, 2011.

Fitterman, Robert. Holocaust Museum. London: Veer, 2011.

Place, Vanessa. Tragodia 2: Statement of the Case and Tragodia 3: Argument. Los Angeles: Blanc Press, 2011.


Bernstein, Charles. Attack of the Difficult Poems. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Brotchie, Alastair. Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life. Cambridge: MIT, 2011.

Dworkin, Craig and Kenneth Goldsmith. Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 2011.

Gammel, Irene and Suzanne Zelazo, eds. Body Sweats: The Uncensored writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Cambridge: MIT, 2011.

Goldsmith, Kenneth. Uncreative Writing. New York: Columbia UP, 2011.

Norddahl, Eirikur Orn. Booby, be Quiet! Helsinki: poesia, 2011.

RE-ISSUES (each of which are finally back in print this year)

McCaffery, Steve. Panopticon. Toronto: Bookthug, 2011.

Moure, Erin. Pillage Laud. Toronto: Bookthug, 2011.

Porter, Bern. Found Poems. New York: Nightboat, 2011.

Rinne, Cia. Zaroum. Reims: le clou dans le fer, 2011.

Robertson, Lisa. Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office of Soft Architecture. Toronto: Coach House, 2011.

Taking inspiration from Sina Queyras’s “most engaging books of 2010” blogpost, I thought I would throw my ring into the hat with a similar – though divergent – list of my own. There’s lots I haven’t yet read, but of what I have read so far this year, this is the cream of the crop….


Backer, Heimrad. transcript. London: Dalkey Archive Press, 2010.

Ball, Jonathan. Clockfire. Toronto: Coach House, 2010.

Fiorentino, Jon Paul. Indexical Elegies. Toronto: Coach House, 2010.

Goldstein, Mark. Tracelanguage: A Shared Breath. Toronto: Bookthug, 2010.

Hajnoczky, Helen. Poets and Killers. Montreal: Snare, 2010.

Kennedy, Jake. The Lateral. Montreal: Snare, 2010.

Laliberte, Mark. brickbrickbrick. Toronto: Bookthug, 2010.

mcpherson eckhoff, kevin. Rhapsodomancy. Toronto: Coach House, 2010.

Murray, George. Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms. Toronto: ECW, 2010.

Place, Vanessa. Tragodia: 1. Statement of Facts. Los Angeles, Blanc Press, 2010.

Truscott, Mark. Nature. Toronto: Bookthug, 2010.

Wershler, Darren and Bill Kennedy. Update. Montreal: Snare, 2010.

Zolf, Rachel. Neighbour Procedure. Toronto: Coach House, 2010.


Mason, Zackary. The Lost Books of the Odyssey. New York: FS&G, 2010.

Morris, Simon. Getting Inside Kerouac’s Head. York: Information as Material, 2010.


Dworkin, Craig. The Perverse Library. York: Information as Material, 2010.

Perloff, Marjorie. Unoriginal Genius: poetry by other means in the new century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.


Bernstein, Charles. All the Whiskey in Heaven. New York: FS&G, 2010.

Walser, Robert. Microscripts. New York: New Directions, 2010.