Tearing a page from my fellow Living Poetry co-organizer and blogger extraordinaire, Tara Lynne, here are the books I’m reading this summer:
- The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry (edited Rita Dove) – Yes TPAoTCAP is a mouthful, but it is chock full of poems and poets from a cross-section of society.
- Three books by double life poet, Richard Blanco – City of a Hundred Fires (1998) Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005), and Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012). I’m hoping to land an interview with him for the blog.
- Life on Mars (2011) by Tracy K. Smith – Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Smith is also Cave Canem alumna.
- Radial Symmetry (2011) by double life poet, Katherine Larson. Larson won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition in 2010.
- Where I Must Go (2009) by Angela Jackson – or as we call her at Cave Canem, “Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty!” This book was the poet-playwright’s first novel and received a great review in the NY Times!
- Practical Grammar In Which Words, Phrases, and Sentences Are Classified According to Their Offices; And Their Various Relations to One Another (2012) by Stephen W. Clark. A recent NY Times article mentioned this book in relation to diagramming sentences.
- The Undertaker’s Daughter (2012) by Toi Derricotte – The latest collection of poems by this Cave Canem co-founder.
I’m also planning to borrow Audre Lorde’s biomythography, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (2011), from someone in my Goodreads circle! What books do you have on your list? Let me know by leaving a comment.
July 19, 2012 at 13:43
Cruelty/Killing Floor, by Ai, on your recommendation.
July 19, 2012 at 16:51
Steve, I love Ai! I re-read her new & selected collection, Vice, earlier this year for the poetry book club.
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