Poetry Favorites: Reb Livingston

Who is your favorite living poet? 

Alice Notley

Who is your favorite dead poet? 

Joyce Mansour

What is your favorite poem of all time?

This is the most difficult question of all time. How could I possibly pick one?

Current book of poetry you can’t get out of your mind?

Sea of Hooks by Lindsay Hill. It’s been labeled as a novel, which it is — there’s also a very strong poetic component that I believe also makes it poetry. I’m always looking for good “hybrid” genre books and this definitely fits the bill.

Best live, or audio, poetry reading you can remember. 

Just about any Rauan Klassnik reading. I’ve been to several and the audience is always either delighted or completely alienated. I wasn’t at this particular reading, but it’s a good example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hyj3WSMC3kU

Reb Livingstonis the author ofBombyonder (Bitter Cherry Books 2014), God Damsel (No Tell Books 2010), Your Ten Favorite Words(Coconut Books 2007), among other titles. Her work appears in literary magazines and anthologies such as The Best American Poetry 2006, Devouring the Green, The Rumpus Original Poetry Anthologyand From the Fishouse. Reb is a contributor to Queen Mob’s Teahouseand curates the Bibliomancy Oracle. She was the editor and publisher of No Tell Books.