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The World Is Full of Things To Love

Here is my provisional sure to expand at your suggestion list of books I’ll be looking for on the floor of the book fair in Chicago. Will probably buy 3 or 4 more books based on what looks/reads pretty ambling around.

Janaka Stucky’s The World Will Deny It For You.

This is Ahsahta Press’ first chapbook (check). And there was a ferocious, torn up, compactness and directness to Janaka’s last chapbook (check). Plus, he is my editor (check).

Brandon Shimoda’s O Bon (Litmus Press).

I think the cover pretty much says it all.

Kim Hyesoon’s All The Garbage of the World, Unite! (Action Books)

Publisher of Killing Konoko + Author of With Deer = Yes.

Kyle McCord’sSympathy for The Devil(Gold Wake Press)

Ok, this doesn’t come out until 2013. But I read it in the future and it is great.

Debrah Morkun’s Ida Pingala (Blazevox, 2011)

Debrah believes in the spirits and I believe in her and all the shadows rounding.


Feng Sun Chen’s Butcher’s Tree (Black Ocean)

There is mushroom heavier than the Chrysler Building. There is an eating the size of desert. There is what end of the crucible. AND….

What the hell. There are not many books here. Correct me, world.

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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.


  1. Geoff Wallace

    New Aase Berg? ‘Transfer Fat’ – or possibly because you are a Black Oceanographer you have access to advance copy of ‘Dark Matter’? The cover of Shimoda’s ‘O Bon’ is like Geof Darrow’s imaginary version of Mamaru Oshii’s ‘Angel’s Egg’ — which you should watch if you never have – animation laden with symbology, nothing happens in the haunts of machinery, a little girl protects an egg in an animal without land, highest grossing film in japan until ‘the lion king’ — and which has nothing to do with AWP but transcends AWP.

    AWP but transcends AWP.

  2. joescirehall

    That is the right motto. I’ll definitely get my hands on Dark Matter. Don’t want to post EVERYTHING my press is putting out.

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