Splinter Factory by Jeffrey McDaniel — Great book of poetry. It’s always wonderful to discover another poet you like. I miss the features at Port Veritas in Portland, Maine and discovering great poets all the time. ***1/2
Voices of Bipolar Disorder — A lot of good pieces in here. The opening piece about the play was unnecessary. There is no question to me Bipolar is a spectrum disorder. ***
You Don’t Miss Your Water by Cornelius Eady — Short book of narrative poetry about Mr. Eady losing his father. Good stuff. ***
Books checked out:
“The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics” by Maureen Dowd — Probably too soon, but decided to grab it at the library. When you have a 30 page introduction I feel like it should be part of the book not in small capped roman numerals. Finished the introduction and a couple pieces so far. Read about 60 pages so far.
“A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry” by Mary Oliver — I love her poems especially “Dog Songs” and “…” curious if I will want to buy this. If I like it, it’s something I will need to own.
“From Bauhaus to Our House” by Tom Wolfe — A criticism of contemporary architecture and the Bauhaus movement. A book I already love and I think own, I have no idea where it is, probably a box in our storage space. Up to page 12 this time. ****
“The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu — Two figures I would like to know more about.
“The Making of a Poem : a Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms” / edited by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland — I will be curious how much of this I read or if it’s something I want to keep.
I actually have 15 books out of the library right now which is an awful lot.
“Pleasing the Ghost” by Sharon Creech — Nice fun little kids story about his uncle visiting him beyond the grave. Dopey in a lovely way. On page 40 of 89
“This Girl” by Colleen Hoover — Getting better, still an odd book. Helps that it’s been a few weeks since I finished the book this tells from the man’s perspective “Slammed”. This feels mostly unnecessary though. pg. 106 of 285
“Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas” edited by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker, I really want to finish this one, trying to push ahead pg 66 of 158. I honestly wish this was a longer book, the text size is way too small. I definitely need my reading glasses.
“The Kingdom of Speech” by Tom Wolfe — odd book on how speech isn’t explained by Darwin’s “Origin of Species” in Tom Wolfe’s opinion. Not his strongest non-fiction work so far pg. 90 of 169 ***
Sample of “This is Not My Beautiful Life: A Memoir” by Victoria Fedden, good fun but too expensive at I think $10 on Kindle. Going to see if the CT library has it. Yep.
Sample of “Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life” by Kim Addonizio, very good and fun, not in the CT library system but did reserve a fiction book and book of poetry
“Shelter” by Robin Merrill — 17% of the way in. I’m enjoying the Christian romance so far. She said there are 3 churches that operate as shelters within 30 miles of her house in central Maine. Not my genre but I expect to read this one and the sequel Daniel. ***
Nice that my Kindle is working right again, my wife Lanna figured out something to get it updated. Woo!