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Wanda Coleman's Book Club
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• Wanda Coleman poems at AAP
• Four of her “American Sonnets” at Light and Dust
• “Return to Skull Island” at the St. Mark's Poetry Project
• Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize Citation, 1999 at AAP

Wanda Coleman is the Most Out Poet There Is: pure language unreconstructed, dynamic performance hypnotic, juicy funny and mad as hello. Her Bathwater Wine (Black Sparrow, 1998) won a ‘99 Academy Award, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, breaking through the way she does. Her bountiful books from Black Sparrow wrench beauty and rock jazz from subtle tales of girlhood to full-tilt woman’s rage (somehow still subtle, yo).

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• Bathwater Wine
We’re lucky enough to have snagged a copy of her brand-new memoir, Love-ins with Nietzsche, about her hippie days -- and her run-ins with Charlie Manson. (It's available only from Wake Up Heavy Chapbooks: wakeupheavy@mail.com.) We want more of your life, Wanda! Meanwhile, readers, educate yourselves with her nonhierarchical Top Ten.

Bob Holman

Wanda’s Book Club All-time Top Ten

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• The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings (Viking Penguin, 1986)

4 Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of The House of Usher

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• Novels and Other Writings of Nathanael West (Library of America, 1997)

3 Nathanael West, The Complete Works

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• Richard Wright Reader (Da Capo Press, 1997)

2 Richard Wright, The Man Who Lived Underground

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• The Street (Houghton Mifflin, 1998)

5 Ann Petry, The Street

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• The White People” (Gaslight)

1 Arthur Machen, “The White People”

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• The House on the Borderland (Carrol & Graf, 1996)

7 William Hope Hodgson, The House on The Borderland

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• Dutchman and The Slave (William Morrow, 1976)

9 Amiri Baraka's Dutchman

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• Beach Red

10 Peter Bowman's Beach Red (novel in verse, Random House, 1945, now out of print)

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• Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories (Viking Penguin, 1972)
• Moby Dick, Or, The Whale (Barnes & Noble Books, 1994)

6 Herman Melville's Billy Budd & Moby Dick

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• Trilce (Clayton Eshleman translation, bilingual edition, University of New England Press, 2000)

8 Cesar Vallejo's Trilce, David Smith English version (Grossman NY/Mushinska Tokyo, 1973, now out of print)

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