I’m a sucker for a good poetry book. Last week, I told myself that I could order as many books as I knocked off my reading list last month. Eight books? Well, as I blogged about the other day, yes, I’ve been going through books like a mad woman in the attic. It feels good to read a few new books a every week. I enjoy the freedom of reading for pleasure, allowing myself to enjoy the words, the images, the emotional depth without having to do deep analysis or critique. The kind you find yourself digging into when books are assigned.
The above batch of books was purchased through BookOutlet.com once again. In total, I purchased 10 books for less than $50! Including shipping! And almost all of these are on my book wishlist (currently housed at Amazon, and listing over 200 poetry books). So this felt like a smart purchase. Working outside of a traditional MFA program, I’ve found the most important aspect to my development is in what I read. Bennington’s MFA advertises “Read 100 books. Write one.” And that’s the mentality adopt when it’s time to add book buying into my monthly budget. It’s important! It’s the foundation of good writing, the cost of doing business, if you will.
Next in my shopping cart are some recently or soon-to-be released books by cutting edge woman poets such as Claudia Rankine’s Citizen and Victoria Chang’s The Boss. I’m also picking up Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows by Eugenia Leigh, Hello, the Roses by Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, and When My Brother was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz.
And don’t forget to check back to my Book Binge post for updates on the books I’m reading, and for brief annotations on my favorite poems, favorite quotes and recommendations.
Great American Prose Poems ed. by David Lehman
All of it Singing by Linda Gregg
White Egrets by Derek Walcott
Human Wishes by Robert Hass
The Half-Finished Heaven by Tomas Transtromer
War Horses by Yusef Komunyakaa
The Kitchen Sink by Albert Goldbarth
The Dream of a Unified Field by Jorie Graham
Hip Logic by Terrance Hayes