I really ought to use my Goodreads account to track the books I am reading, but I often forget to do that. So here’s what I can remember of what I read from November to March:
- Robert Pinsky, The Sounds of Poetry: The January book club selection.
- Rosario Ferre, The House on the Lagoon: Suggested reading for the Puerto Rico trip.
- John Williams, Stoner: One of my favorite Christmas gifts thanks to my favorite German-friend who lets me borrow his office space
- Nicole Terez Dutton, If One of Us Should Fall: Won the 2011 Cave Canem book prize
- Mary Ruefle, Cold Pluto: I picked this up at the used bookstore in Chapel Hill then gifted it to another poet-friend.
- Stephen Dunn, The Insistence of Beauty: The February book club selection. I didn’t get to discuss the book, but it was a great selection.
- Abraham Lincoln, Selected Poems: Yes, Lincoln wrote poems. It’s a slim volume.
- Philip Levine, Breath: The March book club selection. I found the craft of the poems most compelling.
I’m also in various stages of the books I picked up from AWP: the latest books from my VCFA advisors—Ralph Angel, Your Moon and Leslie Ullman, Progress on the Subject of Immensity—and the new book by Cave Canem fellow and the new VCFA poetry faculty member, Jamaal May, Hum.
Then of course, there are the five books I checked out of the UNC Davis Library last weekend:
- Maya Angelou, Poems: The April book club selection
- David Levy, Starry Night: Astronomers and Poets Read the Sky
- Robert Crawford (Ed.), Contemporary Poetry and Contemporary Science
- Diane Ackerman, Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: Includes a lot of science and nature poems
- Frederick Seidel, The Cosmos Trilogy
If you’re sensing a theme with my current reading list, you may be right. The science poems are screaming for me to make them into a project, so I’m doing a little research while I wait for the poems to show up.