The Volta: Friday Feature

Best Books of 2012
Evie Shockley Shouts Some Fabulous and Noteworthy Books Released in 2012
(Without Regard to Superlatives)

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Caroline Bergvall, Laynie Brown, Teresa Carmody, and Vanessa Place, Eds. I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women. Les Figues Press.

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C. M. Burroughs. The Vital System. Tupelo Press.

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Amy Sara Carroll. SECESSION. Hyperbole Books/San Diego State University Press.

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Eduardo Corral. Slow Lightning. Yale University Press.

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Cathy Park Hong. Engine Empire. W. W. Norton.

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Joseph Jeon. Racial Things, Racial Forms: Objecthood in Avant-Garde Asian American Poetry. University of Iowa Press.

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Harryette Mullen. The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed To Be: Essays and Interviews. University of Alabama Press.

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Giovanni Singleton. Ascension. Counterpath Press.

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Evie Shockley is the author of two poetry collections, the new black (Wesleyan, 2011) and a half-red sea (Carolina Wren Press, 2006). From 2007-2011, she co-edited the poetry journal jubilat. Her work also includes a critical study: Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (Iowa, 2011). She is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she teaches African American literature and creative writing.