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Man Suit
Man Suit
by Zachary Schomburg
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I think Schomburg may be my new favorite Portland poet. While reading The Man Suit, I felt both an eerie sadness and joyful wonder. These little poems, with their odd recurring themes and sober delivery, are full of untraceable magic and humor. After... (read more)

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The Motel Life: A Novel (P.S.)
The Motel Life: A Novel (P.S.)
by Willy Vlautin
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Vlautin is a natural. He's managed to craft a debut novel that is funny, sad, uplifting, and honest, in a voice that seems effortless and yet leaves room for both the imagination of the reader and the growth of the writer. Vlautin is the kind of author... (read more)

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Rose of No Man's Land
Rose of No Man's Land
by Michelle Tea
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Michelle Tea, a long-time favorite with streetwise memoir readers, proved she could pull off a novel with Rose of No Man's Land. It's like Freaks and Geeks with lesbians. Tea's writing dazzles and hurts in all the right places and her comic timing has... (read more)

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Necessary Stranger
Necessary Stranger
by Graham Foust
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Foust's poems are built with quiet and contemplative building blocks that are nearly see-through enough to reveal the barest intentions behind their words. He uses repeated phrasing not for dramatic effect but instead to slow things down into a... (read more)

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Drunk by Noon
Drunk by Noon
by Jennifer L. Knox
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Knox does it again. She is one of the most hilarious and unpredictable poets working today. Drunk by Noon is refreshing and wild.... (read more)

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Big World
Big World
by Mary Miller
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Miller is in complete control of the scenes she creates. Full of character details that are illuminating, familiar, and often distressing, Miller's sharp and assured stories remind me of that people-next-door quality that Raymond Carver perfected in his... (read more)

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Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (American Indian Studies)
Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (American Indian Studies)
by Trevino L. Plenty and Steve Pacheco and Luke Warm Water and Joel Waters
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A vastly entertaining collection that combines four Native American voices unlike any you'll find in today's marginalized poetry circles. These four young writers have been blazing a new, more modern trail in recent years and it is high time that their... (read more)

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Knockemstiff
Knockemstiff
by Donald Ray Pollock
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This book, and its writer, came out of nowhere and knocked me square in the throat. You could see Knockemstiff as a dark, demented updating of Winesburg, Ohio, or you could simply notice it as the work of a new American master. Pollock goes where many... (read more)

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Nice Big American Baby
Nice Big American Baby
by Judy Budnitz
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"While this is a difficult book to pin down or pigeonhole, it isn't a difficult book to marvel at or enjoy. Budnitz traffics in contemporary, global themes....Provocative, disturbing, wry, and just plain fascinating, Nice Big American Baby is some of the... (read more)

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Poemland
Poemland
by Chelsey Minnis
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Minnis, a former Portlander (she used to read at the Café Lena open mic!), has been known to communicate through angsty verbiage and sullen silences (illustrated by her love of ellipses). Poemland, her third book, displays a fresh new confidence in her... (read more)

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Home Land
Home Land
by Sam Lipsyte
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A caustic and hilarious story about Lewis Miner, a man afflicted by a terrible high school experience and blessed with an acid tongue that takes no prisoners. Lipsyte's sentences are creations of absolute wonder and terrific angst.... (read more)

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Annoying Diabetic Bitch
Annoying Diabetic Bitch
by Sharon Mesmer
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A classic entry in the field of "Flarf Poetry," Mesmer's Annoying Diabetic Bitch offers an off-kilter brand of post-ironic anger and remix madness.... (read more)

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Please Don't Kill the Freshman: A Memoir
Please Don't Kill the Freshman: A Memoir
by Zoe Trope
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Please Don't Kill the Freshman is a totally honest (sometimes brutally so) look at surviving high school. The author was in high school when she wrote this funny, heart-breaking, kick-ass journal-cum-novel, and you can tell: all the blood and guts of... (read more)

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Hiding Out
Hiding Out
by Jonathan Messinger
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Hiding Out, Messinger's wonderful debut collection, is full of mishaps and mishaps waiting to happen, but he somehow transforms the uncomfortable moments into familiar sparks that shine and resonate.... (read more)

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Without Wax: A Documentary Novel
Without Wax: A Documentary Novel
by William Walsh
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Without Wax is one of the best novels about the porn industry since Terry Southern's Blue Movie.... (read more)

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Make Loneliness
Make Loneliness
by J. Reuben Appelman
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Appelman is a poet for the ages. Make Loneliness is cool, crazy, hard to categorize.... (read more)

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Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry
Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry
by Gary Glazner
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One of the really cool elements about this thorough collection of slam celebrities are the many sidebar articles about the logistics and history of the slam. These articles include tips on how to memorize your work, how to do your own spoken word tour... (read more)

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Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness
Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness
by Amy L. Clark and Elizabeth Ellen and Kathy Fish and Claudia Smith
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This impressive anthology collects four of the best under-the-radar female writers of this decade. Each one presents a section of tight, angular, brave, funny, and innovative flash fictions. Clark writes explosive, playful brain candy. Ellen's work is... (read more)

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What Waiting Really Means (American Literature)
What Waiting Really Means (American Literature)
by June Akers Seese
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I recently discovered this mysterious book, What Waiting Really Means, and was instantly won over by its quirky charms. Seese, an author who has been unfairly overlooked for the last 20 years, writes like a combo of Flannery O'Connor and Lydia Davis.... (read more)

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Alabama Wildman
Alabama Wildman
by Thurston Moore
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Sonic Youth guitarist makes some noise with his pen in these odd, rambling poems and fake journal entries. In this nice hardcover printing, his language poems can sometimes seem like accompaniment reading for SY's more ambient albums of late, and there... (read more)

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