November 26, 2008 § Leave a comment
books that i am into right now:
the poetry home repair manual–ted kooser
one of the best books i have read on poetry in a long time. i dont agree with all of his prejudices in poetry but he states in a way that allows for me to see those prejudices clearly.
mind of my mind–octavia butler
second book in the patternmaster series. after reading wild seed i knew that i had to read the whole thing.
stones of war
beautiful meditations on power, war, violence, trauma, childhood. lyrical language. a book that explores the limnal of the personal and the political.
the culture of make believe–derrick jensen
after being struck by a language older than words in my last trimester of pregnancy, i am returning to derrick jensen’s work. a language older than words is the sort of book that i have searched for a long time. so far the culture of make believe looks very promising.
the gold cell–sharon olds
incredible intricate poems/narratives about how painful life can be. having heard her name bandied about for so many years i thought that her poems would be boring and inaccessible, how wrong i was.
in search of our mothers’ gardens–alice walker
read this when i was a teenager. am now returning to it 15 years later. still am amazed at some of the insights that alice gives the reader and herself. i had forgotten how much of this work served as the basis for my understanding what it meant to be a ‘black woman’. the sort of insights that i think of as ‘obvious’ obviously came from a young girl reading this book.