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Books and cake. Poets and campfires, oh my!

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Read my most recently published poem, here: Stirring “What I Mean When I Say Cartwheel”

What’s on your reading list for this summer? I’m currently 52 books through my goal of reading 100 poetry books this year. Just finished Smudge by Mahogany L. Browne and the Collected Poems of Lynda Hull and moving into my duende reading list, which includes The Complete Rilke, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery, John Berryman’s 77 Dream Songs, Brenda Shaughnessy’s first book Interior with Sudden Joy. Also a great essay by Yusef Komunyakaa on duende called “Forces that Move the Spirit: Duende and Blues.”

For more on duende you should look to its poetic grandpappie Federico Garcia Lorca, and for some modern thoughts on duende, dark song and the death minute: check out The Steps on the Ladder of Writing by Helene Cixous. 

And remember, buddies: “Love is the gutwrench supplex.” — W. Todd Kaneko, The Dead Wrestler Elegies

Mahogany L. Browne and Brynn Saito reading at the Annenberg Community Beach House, July 2015
Mahogany L. Browne & Brynn Saito at the Annenberg Beach House
Reading Rilke before bed. The Book of Hours & The Book of Images
Reading Rilke before bed. The Book of Hours & The Book of Images
Campin'. 'Nuff said.
Campin’. ‘Nuff said.
The New Testament by Jericho Brown.
The New Testament by Jericho Brown.
LA Poets F. Douglas Brown and Chiwan Choi at the LA Times Festival of Books 2015
LA Poets F. Douglas Brown & Chiwan Choi at the LA Times Festival
from The Body Thesaurus by Jennifer Militello. Great book!
from The Body Thesaurus by Jennifer Militello. Great book!
CAKE. Shared with my big brother whose name is now Eeter.
CAKE. Shared with my big brother whose name is now Eeter.
Bird enforcement.
Bird enforcement.
[insert] boy by Danez Smith breakout poet of 2015 for sure.
[insert] boy by Danez Smith breakout poet of 2015 for sure.

 

 

 

Incarnadine by Mary Szybist
Incarnadine by Mary Szybist

 

At my birthday party, accidentally cool. It don't happen often.
Birthday party, accidentally cool. It don’t happen often.
The Boss has no punctuation because Victoria Chang is the boss and she can do whatever she wants you should read her she definitely kicks the most ass
The Boss. Because Victoria Chang kicks ass.

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