Personal Top 21

So far I’ve completely read 95 books and chapbooks this year. These are the ones that impressed me most, in no particular order: poetry: Thirty-seven Small Songs & Thirteen Silences by Jan Zwicky (Gaspereau Press, 2005) Thirty-Three by Geoffrey Young (above/ground, 2017) the lithium body by Sarah MacDonnell (in/words, 2017) Class Proof by Deonte Osayande (Urban Farmhouse […]

2017 Books Read

1. Silence by Nora Parker Cox, illus., Anna Bongiovanni (Hucklenut Press, 2016) – breathtaking. It has a refrain of “This is a biography in silence.” It doesn’t grow redundant but forceful of pushback. Cowed into, gaslighted into, correctness cornered into the silence which will not, does not stand. It feels like a coming of (feminist) age […]

Books and Chapbooks read in 2016, part 3 Statistics

16% of the completed books or chapbooks were chapbooks. All averaged to 139 pages, a total of 23,800 pages. 64% was poetry. Of the 30% not poetry, the largest categories were novels, memoirs, then science and essays. 43% male, 44% female, 13% multiple authors or non-binary. Non-binary-authored:4 out of 5, male-authored I ranked 35 out […]