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The Listening
by Kyle Dargan
University of Georgia Press, 2004
Paper, $15.95 (83 pages)
ISBN: 0-8203-2661-5
Necessary Acts
by Peter Huggins
River City Press, 2004
Hardcover, $20.00 (96 pages)
ISBN: 1-57966-054-1






The Saint of Letting Small Fish Go
by Eliot Kahlil Wilson
Cleveland State University Press Series LXI
Paper, $14.00 (73 pages)
ISBN: 1-880834-58-8

Despite the naysayers and the on-going debate about whether or not poetry is worthy of review space, poetry is alive and well. 

Kyle Dargan's The Listening is a stunning debut. Winner of the Cave Canem Award, with a foreword by Quincy Troupe, the poet blends music, politics, history, and the personal. Whether the poet is using family stories from the 1960s and 1970s or commenting on the current political climate in America, his poems are insightful, startling, articulate, and urgent. 

Originally from Newark, New Jersey, Dargan is the Yusek Komunyakaa Fellow at Indiana University, where he serves as a poetry editor for the Indiana Review.    

Peter Huggins' third collection, NECESSARY ACTS, takes the concrete details of living -- picking up the children, going to the gym, a fishing trip with a friend -- turning them into the truths of what it means to be human. 

Huggins, who teaches in the English Department at Auburn, has a B.A. from the University of the South, a J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law, and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Alabama.  In addition to Necessary Acts, he is the author of two previous poetry collections. In The Company of Owls, a novel for young adults, and Trosclair and the Alligator, a picture book, are scheduled for a 2004 publication. 

Eliot Kahlil Wilson's The Saint of Letting of Small Fish Go is another impressive debut. Filled with humor, loss, and the business of living, several poems -- "Ginsberg's Ghost: Atlantic City," "The Patrons of the Birmingham High Art Museum," and "Wedding Vows" -- should be required reading for creative writing students.  

A native of Virginia, Wilson earned his Ph.D. in Critical Theory and American Drama at the University of Alabama. His work has won awards from the Academy of American Poets and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches at St. Olaf's in Minnisota.


Pam Kingsbury
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