Up at the blog of 49thShelf are 7 new books of 2020 that delighted me this year.
How about that. It seems something like a longer poem has started to form. I’d almost forgotten the sensation. But I sat and the world and its clocks fell away and I have a draft. I’ve been feeling the occasional haiku, aided by reading many. They are concrete and present and that focus helps me […]
Currently stacked to read in one room. I get a mouthful of words every few days. Top to bottom: David Groulx, Ross Gay, Natalie Hanna, Pearl Pirie, Paul Perry, Rose Maloukis, Dane Swan (editor), Mary Jean Chan, Jamie Sharpe, Greg Santos, Gil McElroy, Susan Atkinson, Andrew Vaisius, Carla Harris, Roxanna Bennett, Donna Kane, Paul Vermeersch […]
I have probably 50 recently bought books unread. Probably 6 books pre-ordered. Probably 12 underway and partly mislaid. So far this year in 5 weeks, I’ve finished 6 books. Rather less than my usual 2-3 a week but my body has been evil and I have physical projects of sewing and construction. Finn Family Moomintroll […]
Generally what lights me up are novels and memoirs that let me suspend disbelief and drop me into a timeless space. That’s magic to transfer mental images through squiggles. It’s not the subject but the resonance. Stories that model community and friendship caught me this year, accepting and rolling otherness into an us. Novels: […]
I generally read a lot of memoir and science, but novels have foregrounded lately and poetry has dropped to less than half of my titles read in 2019. In my total I include chapbooks (27/111 titles) and YA and lids books, comic books, graphic novels and audio books. Still it adds up to over 18, […]
I fell just shy of 25,000 print pages (24,357p) of books and chapbooks, including page count of audio books equivalent, completed in 2018. Average page-length is 154 pages. Doing my numbers I realized a couple good ones weren’t in my top list. Forgot them in the spreadsheet. The post below fixes that. 160 titles, 31 […]
Caveat: I have over a dozen still underway. More will likely be added by year’s end but so far the shiny wows were these in no particular order: [edited to add last few I forgot to add to my spreadsheet or finished since.Jan 3, 2019] Poetry The Deep End of the Sky by Chad Lee Robinson […]