Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Nami Mun is a poet. She just writes really long lines.

Last night I went to Nami Mun's reading at Shaman Drum and had the pleasure of going out with her and a bunch of other fine folks for drinks afterward. At the bar Nami mentioned that she'd done an interview with in which she recommended several books of poems. She said she made a conscious effort to always recommend some poetry whenever asked for book recommendations. I think that's awesome and would like to return the favor by recommending Nami's novelMiles From Nowhere. It is amazing and the level of care Nami takes with each and every sentence is evident. Not only does she tell a good story, but it reads like good poetry.

Nami's list of Books of Poetry for Fiction Lovers ("These poets tell the most beautiful stories," she writes) includes Shadow Wars by D. Nurkse, Jimmy and Rita by Kim Addonizio, Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, The Vigil by C. K. Williams, Bad With Faces by Sean Norton, Opened Ground: Selected Poems 1966-1996 by Seamus Heaney, and The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke.

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