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Thank You To Listmakers

Back to blogging…

1) Black Ocean’s Blog is back in action thanks to regular posts by Nikitta C.

2) There was a kind of listmania going on at the end of this year on poetry blogs.And I want to thank all those who put Pigafetta on their lists. There are problems with obsessive taxonomizing, ranking, labeling, sorting filing, etc but maybe it doesn’t happen enough in poetry where everything is equally great all the time which is something of a conversation killer. Unending positive reviews basically amount to

“Great Job”


Sometimes you got to stir the pot.

Anyway, I’m not going to complain. In fact, I’m incredibly happy that my book still exists to the world.

Thanks to Barrelhouse. Their list. I need to read more books on this list.

Thanks to Kim via No Tell Motel whose list would come closest to mine. I loved Killing Kanoko. The fascinating thing about the No Tell lists is how little consensus there is even between the contributors of a single lit journal. D. Poe also bumped me here.

Thanks also Goodreads who through some algorithm decided to nominate PIMW for a reader’s choice award. And thanks to the 70 people who voted for me.

On the blog horizon…something combining thoughts on Blake Butler’s Scorth Atlas and Craig Santos Perez’ From Unincorporated Territories. If I don’t get to this before AWP and a new stack of books, it’ll never happen. And if I don’t get to it, you should read both of these books and then we’ll talk about it.


Filed under: Friends, Pigafetta Is My Wife

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Joe Hall is the author of five books of poetry, including Someone's Utopia (2018) and Fugue & Strike (forthcoming). His poems, reviews, and scholarship have appeared in Poetry Daily, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Postcolonial Studies, Peach Mag,, PEN America Blog, Poetry Northwest, Ethel Zine, Gulf Coast, Best Buds! Collective, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. He has taught poetry workshops for teachers, teens, and workers through Just Buffalo and the WNYCOSH Worker Center.

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