From Our Staff | October 28, 2006

While poetry readers should check out Kevin Larimer’s feature on debut poetry collections, “Finishing the First: A Dozen Poets Who Sealed the Deal in 2006,” in the Nov/Dec issue of Poets & Writers, his diplomatic list, by default, neglects many other knockout first books.  Here are a dozen more first-timers from 2006 to look for:

  • Brian Barker, The Animal Gospels (Tupelo Press)
  • Deborah Bernhardt, Echolalia (Four Way Books)
  • Rebecca Dunham, The Miniature Room (Truman State University Press)
  • Karen Garthe, Frayed Escort (CSU: Center for Literary Publishing)
  • Matt Hart, Who’s Who Vivid (Slope Editions)
  • Rick Hilles, Brother Salvage (U. of Pittsburgh Press)
  • Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Red Summer (Tupelo Press)
  • Karla Kelsey, Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary (Ahsahta Press)
  • Nadine Sabra Meyer, The Anatomy Theater (Harper Perennial)
  • Wayne Miller, Only the Senses Sleep (New Issues)
  • David Roderick, Blue Colonial (APR/Copper Canyon Press)
  • S.A. Stepanek, Three, Breathing (Wave Books)