Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

Author has finally started to put his notes into manuscript form." Vanishing Point (Shoemaker and Hoard, February 2004) by David Markson. Ninth book, seventh novel. Agent: Elaine Markson. Editor: Trish Hoard.

"In Beirut, at the worst of it, / four men in their twenties play Russian roulette." Rampant (Copper Canyon Press, April 2004) by Marvin Bell. Eighteenth book, seventeenth poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Michael Wiegers.

"My father is gone." The Dew Breaker (Knopf, March 2004) by Edwidge Danticat. Sixth book, third novel. Agent: Nicole Aragi. Editor: Robin Desser.

"It's time to wash the elephant." Animal Crackers (The Dial Press, March 2004) by Hannah Tinti. First book, short story collection. Agent: Nicole Aragi. Editor: Susan Kamil.

"Kimberlie in her little / room again peck peck / pecking at the carpet." Sky Girl (Fence Books, January 2004) by Rosemary Griggs. First book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Rebecca Wolff.

"Then the pulse." Facts About Visitors (University of California, April 2004) by Srikanth Reddy. First book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Laura Cerruti.

"the cocktail hour finally arrives: whether ending a day at the office / or opening the orifice at 6am [legal again to pour in californica]: the time is always right" Cocktails (Graywolf Press, March 2004) by D.A. Powell. Third book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Jeff Shotts.

"I'm sitting in the kitchen and / I've thought to list the things / that line the little town / in me." Dwelling Song (University of Georgia Press, March 2004) by Sally Keith. Second book, poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Bin Ramke.

"Our faces must tell you our lives / aren't easy-but difficulty lives / in every heart." Grayscale (Louisiana State University Press, April 2004) by David Huddle. Eleventh book, fifth poetry collection. Agent: None. Editor: Virginia Willis.

"You want to bury your head in the pillow. " Sarajevo Marlboro (Archipelago Books, January 2004) by Miljenko Jergovic. Third book, first short story collection. Translated from the Bosnian by Stela Tomasevic. Agent: None. Editor: Jill Schoolman.

"Suffering quietly in a room not my own." Madras on Rainy Days (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, January 2004) by Samina Ali. First book, novel. Agent: None. Editor: Ayesha Pande.