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1. Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls by Erika Meitner. One of the most beautifully designed books of the year, this collection is a brilliant foray into the nature of transgression and desire. These poems break the rules while delivering advice, and embody a number of perspectives and interpretations of “vigilance.”

2. Faulkner’s Rosary by Sarah Vap. Reading this book is a completely transformational experience. You’ll never think of the body the same way again. This book is a must-read for anyone who aspires to convey personal experience in a way that rivets readers of all backgrounds. Vap’s use of the line is unparalleled in contemporary poetry, in my opinion.

3. The Luckless Age by Steve Kistulentz. Spending a Friday evening at home with this collection will make you feel as if you’ve had the wildest night of your life. These poems are riotous and poignant, ecstatic and wise. An excellent book for course adoption—my students were floored by these poems (in a very good way).

4. Say So by Dora Malech. This collection reminds us that poetry is made of music, and these poems make music of things both ordinary and extraordinary. I especially admire the way Malech’s poems create their own sense of form and order, and then completely ransack that sense of form and order, right before our eyes.

5. American Busboy by Matthew Guenette. I am cheating here because this book is forthcoming (but available for pre-order) and because my press is publishing it, but I can’t write a list of five without including American Busboy. This is an epic collection just begging to be made into a rock opera—one with heroic busboys, surly customers, tyrannical management, and an enduring commentary on the nature of sweat and struggle in contemporary America.

BIO: Mary Biddinger is the author of three poetry collections: Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007), the chapbook Saint Monica (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), and O Holy Insurgency (Black Lawrence Press, 2012), and co-editor of one volume of criticism: The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics (U Akron Press, 2011). She teaches at The University of Akron, and edits Barn Owl Review and the Akron Series in Poetry. She is the director of the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program. Her website and her blog.

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no_tell_logoThank you to No Tell Motel for the Pushcart nomination for my poem “Papoose.” Reb Livingston and Molly Arden are the brains behind this enterprise. Few magazines provide poetry 365 days per year.

Thanks also to Barn Owl Review for a Pushcart nomination for “Love Poem for Lamoni, Iowa.”bor Mary Biddinger informed me of this via a post to my Facebook wall, which is quite modern of her. Jay Robinson and Mary work together to make this a fantastic magazine. I was blown away by the poetry in their first issue.

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We hope you enjoy our series of poetry interviews. This one, with Mary Biddinger, was conducted by Serena Agusto-Cox in February-March 2009. Please read more from our series of interviews with poets published in 32 Poems. Ms. Biddinger has a poem in the spring 2009 issue of 32 Poems. You can get a copy here. […]


Barn Owl Review

June 25, 2008

A poem of mine — “Love Poem for Lamoni” — was accepted for publication by BOR. When I sent this poem to them, I felt like their magazine was the right place for the poem. Every time I feel that way, the poem in question gets taken by the magazine in question. I don’t feel […]


Another magazine to add to your radar is Anti-. Online poetry magazines can publish in nontraditional ways and in however-the-heck-they-want ways. NoTell Motel features a poet a week with one poem appearing each day. Verse Daily reprints a poem every day. Anti-, edited by Steven Schroeder, publishes poetry in downloadable PDF chapbooks. The publication also […]