Mostly, on a desert island I would just want to have Internet access. Barring that, the Oxford English dictionary and a limitless supply of notebooks and writing implements.
Otherwise, here’s a rough draft of my list of essential texts, subject to revision:
Alan Davies Name
Clark Coolidge Solution Passage
Carla Harryman Under the Bridge
Collected Frank O’Hara — not just Lunch Poems
Mina Loy Lunar Baedecker
Tristan Tzara’s poems/ manifestos — in French so I could have more of a brain teaser on the desert island.
Alice Notley How Spring Comes
Bernadette Mayer — but it couldn’t be any single text — it would have to be a sampler. If I could have just one text I guess it would be Studying Hunger because it’s so bizarre. Would be best to have the unedited version.
Will give it