Wednesday, April 20, 2016

As someone who has always – at least since I was 10 – been reading a lot of books at one time, it’s rare that I don’t find at least one of the current selection to be a long, thick, slog or otherwise deficient in some aspect. Right now, however, I am in that rarified space of only reading books that I think are terrific – good, if not great & really more of the latter than the former. So I just thought I’d say thanks to all of these authors for making this magical moment come about. Books involved include

  • Ocean Vuong, Night Sky with Exit Wounds
  • Elizabeth Willis, Alive: New and Selected Poems
  • J.H. Prynne, Poems
  • Ken Taylor, Self-Portrait as Joseph Cornell
  • Tomaž Šalamun, Soy Realidad
  • Mathias Svalina, The Wine-Dark Sea
  • Timothy Yu, 100 Chinese Silences
  • Lyn Hejinian, The Unfollowing
  • Khaty Xiong, Poor Anima
  • Chimimanda Ngozi Adiche, Amerikanah
  • Peter Middleton, Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contemporary Poetry