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December 28th, 2012 / 4:48 pm
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11 Favorite Small Press Reads of 2012

2012 was a great year for reading, the best in recent memory and lot of the great books I read came from small presses. Eleven stood out, even among a great group of books. I won’t say these are the best because that is an arbitrary, fleeting designation. These books are my favorites–ones I keep going back to because of a story or a poem or a turn of phrase that has lingered. These books are examples of beautiful writing that does more than appear on the page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sovereignties of Invention by Matthew Battles

Pretty Tilt by Carrie Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Glimmering Room by Cynthia Cruz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beside the Sea by Véronique Olmi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hold It Til It Hurts by T. Geronimo Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let Me Clear My Throat by Elena Passarello

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love, In Theory, by E.J. Levy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wake Up, We’re Here by Dallas Hudgens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shampoo Horns by Aaron Teel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fast Machine by Elizabeth Ellen