Besides the stack of literary journals that have been arriving in my mailbox demanding to be more than flipped through (The Café Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Weave Magazine, Bateau, Tar River…off the top of my head), and in addition to the Tupelo Press books I am joyfully immersing in, there are a clutch of other titles I’m looking forward to reading:
She Walks Into the Sea, by Patricia Clark (Michigan State University Press, just released.) Her name rings no bells for me, but her picture looks familiar, so I’m thinking I must have seen her listed in her publisher’s sales catalog. I was introduced to her through SHE WRITES, and read about her online. Then she visited this blog and I became a fan for life. I can’t wait to dig into this new collection.
- The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song, by Ellen Bryant Voigt (Graywolf Press). The Art of... is a great series from Graywolf, and I love Ellen Bryant Voigt’s previous works of critical prose. And this is a subject that I could use exploring right now, the various ways poets structure their poems.
- Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within, by Kim Addonizio (W.W. Norton & Co.). On the one hand, I’m a sucker for this sort of thing. The autodidact in me can’t resist. But I’m afraid it’ll turn out to be a book more suited to the beginner. It has more than 300 pages, so I’m optimistic.
And my reading list would not be complete without mentioning my own chapbook. Again. Because the pre-sale is still going on for a little bit longer. If you want to order a copy, just click on the cover at right, or visit my Hunger All Inside page to get a gander at a few blurbs and a sample poem. The more books that are ordered, the better my print run will be, so thank you!