Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

From the March/April 2004 issue of
Poets & Writers Magazine

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.