Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Philly poets -- bad news. Readers’ Forum Books in Wayne (N. Wayne Ave just above route 30, half a block from the train station) has to be out of their space by next Sunday. The silver lining in this is that somebody recently sold a very large, very good selection of poetry books and journals and that you can probably negotiate prices below the $3-10 that most of the items in the store are marked at. I got a dozen books that included Hugh MacDiarmid, Roy Miki's anthology of criticism on the Martyrology, some George Bowering, an early Bronk, some Donald Finkel, Marjorie Welish, Paul Beatty etc. Books I did not pick up because I already owned them included those by Kit Robinson, Carla Harryman, Clayton Eshleman (lots!), Jerry Rothenberg, Hank Lazer, Doug Messerli's big anthology. Also remaining a lot of interesting quietist volumes (collected Ted Hughes, the underappreciated George Starbuck, some Geoffrey Hill, Gertrude Schnackenberg) etc. Also lots of issues of Sulfur, Conjunctions, Boundary2, even The Dial. Seriously recommend the trip. Novelist / manager Ed Luoma runs the operation and talks about buying lots of books from Guy Davenport when he'd come and teach at Swarthmore.