Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 Writing Goals

1. Write a poem a week.

2. Complete and submit another chapbook.

3. Make progress on a full-length project.

4. Continue publishing in journals, submit to more paying markets.

5. Continue seizing writing and publication opportunities outside poetry (book reviews, essays, fiction, etc.).

It would be great if the fiction-writing part of my brain would resurface this year, kthx.

Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 Book Roudup

From glancing at the lists, this seems to be about what I did in 2013, as well, with maybe slightly more fiction and non-fiction in 2014. Fiction favorites were the much-anticipated Crystal Eaters by Shane Jones and Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey (I'm not entirely sure about this, but I'm almost positive I bought the latter through seeing a recommendation by the former. Funny how that works out.). Poetry highlights were one of my first ventures into erasure, Radi OS by Ronald Johnson (a brilliant erasure of Paradise Lost), and Head Off and Split by Nikki Finney (the opening poem, "Red Velvet," about Rosa Parks, blew me away). For non-fiction, Leslie Jamison's The Empathy Exams is, by far, my favorite, followed by Toms River by Dan Fagin, which has some pretty extensive research and reporting (this is, apparently, why some didn't like it, but I'm usually more appreciative of non-fiction in this vein, as opposed to the lighter, more poppy stuff).

I've definitely scaled back on chapbooks in recent years, but my love for them hasn't diminished (it's likely I didn't even note all the ones I read). I also read somanyfreaking journals that I didn't list them, this year, though I wish I had, as there was so much memorable stuff in the journal world, this year, both online and in print.

2015 reading goals. I would like to do ONE of the following:

1. Finish Proust's In Search of Lost Time
2. Read a ton of Dostoyevsky, alongside the three-ton Dostoeyvsky biography
3. Read Ulysses
4. Read Gravity's Rainbow
5. Finish all of Roth's Zuckerman novels

Okay, less talking, more reading now. Enjoy my 2014 "Books Read" list below.


Dune – Frank Herbert
If Beale Street Could Talk – James Baldwin
Silas Marner – George Eliot
Martha Quest – Doris Lessing
Speedboat – Renata Adler
Leaving the Sea: Stories – Ben Marcus
Barry Hannah – Airships (unfinished)
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
Rabbit Run – John Updike
Rabbit Redux – John Updike
Crystal Eaters – Shane Jones
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami
Stone Mattress – Margaret Atwood
Nobody is Ever Missing – Catherine Lacey
The Laughing Monsters – Denis Johnson
Rabbit is Rich – John Updike
Rabbit at Rest – John Updike


Singing School – Robert Pinsky
Lines of Defense – Stephen Dunn
No Planets Strike – Josh Bell
Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems – James Baldwin
3 Sections – Vijay Seshadri
Morning in Serra Mattu – Arif Gamal
Opening the Doors of the Temple – Annalee Kwochka
You Might Curse Before You Bless – Allie Marini Batts
Rome – Dorothea Lasky
Bicentennial – Dan Chiasson
Voyager – Srikanth Reddy
Radi OS – Ronald Johnson
Saint Friend – Carl Adamshick
The Heart is Strange: New and Selected Poems – John Berryman
Morning in the Burned House – Margaret Atwood
Selected Poems II: 1976 – 1986 – Margaret Atwood
American Smooth: Poems – Rita Dove
Everything Else in the World – Stephen Dunn
Here and Now: Poems – Stephen Dunn
Head Off and Split – Nikky Finney
Citizen: An American Lyric – Claudia Rankine
Paper Doll Fetus: Poems – Cynthia Marie Hoffman
Faithful and Virtuous Night: Poems – Louise Gluck
Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals – Patricia Lockwood


Baby Knows Best – Deborah Carlisle Solomon
Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo – Anjan Sundaram
Toms River – Dan Fagin
Far From the Tree – Andrew Solomon
The Empathy Exams: Essays – Leslie Jamison
Reality Hunger – David Shields
Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham
Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
Updike – Adam Begley
The Birth of the Pill – Jonathan Eig
Lives in Ruins – Marilyn Johnson


Red Demolition – Juliet Cook
Hints – Rose Auslander
Folding Water – Rose Auslander

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