What I Read in Grad School

Lists

Matsuo Basho: Narrow Road to the Interior, Sam Hamill translation, 1991

Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge: I Love Artists: New and Selected Poems, 2006

Frank Bidart: In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-90, 1990

Elizabeth Bishop: The Complete Poems, 1969

Jenny Boully: THE BODY: AN ESSAY, 2007

Jenny Boully: [one love affair], 2006

Ana Božičević: Stars of the Night Commute, 2009

Rebecca Brown: Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary, 2005

Melissa Buzzeo: What Began Us, 2007

Anne Carson: Autobiography of Red, 1998

C. P. Calvary: The Collected Poems of C. P. Calvary: A New Translation, Aliki Barnstone translation, 2006

Paul Celan: Poems of Paul Celan, Michael Hamburger translation, 1989

Emily Dickinson: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, 1993

Dolores Dorantes: sexoPUROsexoVELOZ and Septiembre, Jen Hofer translation, 2008

C. S. Giscombe: Giscome Road, 1998

Renee Gladman: Juice, 2000

Marilyn Hacker: Winter Numbers, 1994

Kimiko Hahn: The Narrow Road to the Interior, 2006

Christian Hawkey: Ventrakl, 2010

Langston Hughes: Selected Poems of Langston Hughes, 1990

Richard Hugo: The Triggering Town, 1979

Bhanu Kapil: Humanimal: A Project for Future Children, 2009

Bhanu Kapil: Schizophrene, 2011

Carole Maso: Break Every Rule: Essays on Language, Longing & Moments of Desire, 2000

Eugenio Montale: Mottetti: Poems of Love, Dana Gioia translation, 1990

Pablo Neruda: Odes to Common Things, Ken Krabbenhoft translation, 1994

Flannery O’Connor: The Complete Stories, 1971

Frank O’Hara: Selected Poems of Frank O’Hara, edited by Donald Allen, 1974

Jena Osman: The Network, 2010

Sylvia Plath: The Collected Poems, edited by Ted Hughes, 1981

Claudia Rankine: Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, 2004

Arthur Rimbaud: A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat, Louise Varese translation, 1945

Muriel Rukeyser: Muriel Rukeyser: Selected Poems, edited by Adrienne Rich, 2004

Sappho: Sappho: A Garland, The Poems and Fragments of Sappho, Jim Powell translation, 1993

Selah Saterstrom: The Meat and Spirit Plan, 2007

Juliana Spahr: This Connection of Everyone With Lungs, 2005

Juliana Spahr: The Transformation, 2007

Jane Sprague: The Port of Los Angeles, 2009

Gertrude Stein: Reflections on the Atomic Bomb, 1973

Wislawa Szymborska: View With a Grain of Sand, Stanislaw Baranczak and CLare Cavanagh translation, 1995

Tomas Tranströmer: the great enigma, Robin Fulton translation, 2006

Marina Tsvetayeva: Selected Poems of Marina Tsvetayeva, Elaine Feinstein translation, 1987

James Wright: Collected Poems, 1971

C. D. Wright: One With Others: a little book of her days, 2010

Movies:

All About My Mother: Pedro Almodóvar, 1999

We Hold All of Our Hurts Together

Poetry

a handfull of darkness

serpent’s reach

the stars my destination

driving blind

heavy time

the new moon’s arms

adulthood rites

city of illusions

time out of joint

a graveyard for lunatics

i will fear no evil

words are my matter

midnight robber

conspirator

a maze of death

beyond this horizon

the godmakers

the crack in space

the cat who walks through walls

dreams must explain themselves

voices from the street

merchanter’s luck

eye in the sky

something wicked this way comes

sister mine

the green brain

the dragon in the sea

survivor

farewell summer

fledgling

double star

whipping star

lilith’s brood

stranger in a strange land

wave without a shore

A found poem made up of titles by Nano Hopkinson, Octavia E. Butler, C.J. Cherryh, Frank Herbert, Alfred Bester, Ursula K. LeGuin, Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein, and Phillip K. Dick

Sketch by Mr. J

Books Read January 2019

Lists

Books Finished:

Of Children, and Houses, and Hope: Aliette De Bodard

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: George R. R. Martin

In Morningstar’s Shadow: Aliette De Bodard

Every River Runs To Salt: Rachael K. Jones

Guilty Pleasures: Laurell K. Hamilton (re-read)

Beauty: Laurell K. Hamilton (re-read)

Shutdown: Laurell K. Hamilton

The Beasts Who Fought For Fairyland Until the Very End and Further Still: Catherynne M. Valente

Wounded: Laurell K. Hamilton

Goblin Slayer Vol. 2: Kumo Kagyu

Books Started:

The Arthurian Book of Days: Caitlin and John Matthews

The Laughing Corpse: Laurell K. Hamilton

King Arthur: Christopher Hibbert

Parable of the Sower: Octavia E. Butler

Favorites 🙂

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Every River Runs to Salt

Parable of the Sower

Books I loved (and still love) as a kid

Lists

Roxaboxen

Charlotte’s Web

How Spider Saved Christmas

The Cockatrice Boys

The Velveteen Rabbit

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Frog and Toad Together

The Wind in the Willows

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

The Rice Cake Rabbit

Fuzzy Rabbit in the Park

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Who are your favorite authors?

Writing Life

I love the poetry of Wislawa Szymborska and the haiku of Matsuo Basho and Kobayashi Issa.

I have a tattoo of one of Issa’s haiku on my right arm.

Of the more contemporary authors, I am a huge fan of Catherynne M. Valente, Francesca Lia Block, Janet Fitch, China Mieville, Dorothy Allison, Margaret Atwood, and Maxine Hong Kingston.

I also love the works of Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Frank Herbert, e.e. cummings, Dylan Thomas, Shakespeare, Sei Shonagon, Sappho, Allen Ginsberg, and Sylvia Plath.

In the genre of lyrical and experimental poetics I find great comfort and inspiration in the works of Bhanu Kapil, Selah Saterstrom, Juliana Spahr, Kristen Stone, and Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge.

SO now that I’ve bombarded you with names, who are your favorite authors?