Sunday, March 02, 2008

February Reading

In no particular order:

In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." I want to print this out as a poster, and put it in all my exam rooms.
The Paris Review, Winter 2007: I love how they print 4-5 poems of each poet, and call it a "folio."
Now You're the Enemy*, James Allen Hall. One of the most memorable books I've read in a while.
The One-Strand River*, Richard Kenney: Sometimes a little too clever for its own good, but overall a terrific new book.
The Art of the Poetic Line*, James Logenbach
Letters to Yesenin*, Jim Harrison: from the Copper Canyon Classics series. His life-changing epistolary poems to the suicided Russian poet. Still a great read 35 years later.
Rock & Sling, Winter 2007
Apparition Wren, Maureen Alsop
A Book Called Rats, Miguel Murphy
The Enemy, Rafael Campo
The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Alexander, editor (American Poets Project)
The Grace of Necessity*, Sam Green: the new book from WA's new poet laureate. The "Daily Practice" poems written after 9/11 are wonderful.
The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, Marie Howe
Now, Molly Tenenbaum
Behind My Eyes, Li-Young Lee
Backward Days, Stuart Dischell
Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth*, Adrienne Rich: as I have said before, her best book in years.
Elegy*, Mary Jo Bang
Poetry, February 2008


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