2010 has been a big year for books… it has been wonderful to read through everyone’s ‘poetry picks’ as it has lead this Lost Shark into some new waters. I want to thank everyone who participated in this blog series and to everyone who visits Another Lost Shark either regularly or sporadically. Your support means alot and keeps the belly fired.
So as this year runs out of steam, let’s have a look at one last book… let’s see which book Tim Sinclair has pulled off the shelf as his ‘book of the year’.
Texture Notes by Sawako Nakayasu (Letter Machine Editions, Chicago)
Not being a reviewer kind of guy. As a rule. Simply here to tempt you with one of my favourite collections of 2010, by one of my favourite contemporary poets, Sawako Nakayasu: Texture Notes (Letter Machine Editions, Chicago).
Nakayasu is a one of the betwixt-and-betweeners of the world. Born in Japan, she has lived most of her life in the US, and now bookends her life so far by living in Tokyo. Does this make her poetry more interesting or relevant to our cross-hatched and multi-vocal world? I have no idea. All I know is that I like it. A lot.
I mostly have no handholds for people when I’m trying to describe this poet’s work. I find it hard to describe because I have no idea what it’s about. A good thing, by the way. An abstract thing. A lake of textures to swim around in that somehow make sense, because they’re there. I’m impressed by poets who aren’t afraid to go where a strange diversion is taking them, and aren’t afraid to bring back news from the other side of odd.
Texture Notes is slightly more concrete than Nakayasu’s other work, but decidedly no less odd. I won’t give you an excerpt, because her books are always greater than the sum of their parts. I’ll just recommend it to you.
Oh, and this – Sawako Nakayasu will be one of two commissioned poets featuring in Volume 2 of PAN Magazine, out early in 2011. The other poet? Coincidentally, the writer of one of my other favourite collections for 2010. Let’s see if his modest nature prevents him from editing out this reference to Ocean Hearted…
Tim Sinclair is a Sydney-based poet and novelist. He has just completed the first draft of his second verse novel, Run, and his new collection of poetry re: reading the dictionary will be published by PressPress in 2011.