The first book actually read in 2012 is:
http://www.dusie.org/scrawlread.pdf I like especially the near-anagrammatic 'Minarets'.
Finally, here are some more or less visual or material books & publishers from 2011 that we just want to say Hoorah to. (All the terrible omissions may or may not be repaired later ... the one thing learned over the past -- good heavens -- 5 years of this sluggish blog is that only by accepting radical incompleteness is it possible to proceed at all ...). In no significant order:
1. Les Coleman, Afterthunks (Boekie Woekie, Amsterdam).
2. Laurie Clark, 100 buttercups (WAX 366, Fife).
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, who have the 'special' ed (same, but with an original drawing) -- plus better images on their website.
3. David Miller, Black, Grey and White: a Book of Visual Sonnets (Veer, Birkbeck, London).
|David Miller, visual sonnet, picture taken from the Veer website http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/publications/veer-books|
One might wish higher production values for this very modest stapled pamphlet of beautiful brushed work, but Veer are doing more than any other British press at present for visual poetry. David Miller is a senior figure known predominantly for prose poetry and extended sequences (also writings on art, small press bibliography and other). This outbreak of visual sonnets is enormously consonant with his sensibility and yet very new, exciting.
4. Sean Bonney, The Commons (Openned, London).Unkant, also in a surprisingly attractive style).