Writing problems today:
1. Impatience. This goes for waiting for responses and for waiting when I’ve just written something. Don’t send it out now! Let husband read it first, at least. I get too excited. I liken this to premature ejaculation. Or something.
2. Names. I need a friggin’ first name. Is this writer’s block? Is this stalling? The last story I wrote, I broke down and used my best friend from high school’s name, Joshua. Because it’s Joshua’s name, I’ve never used the name Joshua or any of its derivatives in a story before. But “Joshua” came to mind when I sat down to write it.
3. I have all these stupid tabs opened in my browser. Why do I have my browser open? Did you know that the second season of “Hemlock Grove" is up? Am I the only one who watches that show?
4. I should have a drink. Wine or something. It’s 11:28. It’s almost too late to write.
5. I should clean up.
Before I get too far into July, I thought I should post the second and last part of my summer poetry reading list. The fireworks are almost over, so life will be calm enough for munching good words put together well. If you want to see part one, you can go here. Again, when possible, the book links are to either the author’s page or the publisher’s book page (and not to that monolith of a ‘bookstore’ housed online). And without further ado, part two:
- He Knows What A Stick Is by Russell Brickey is Brickey’s first volume of poetry. Many of his poems can be found elsewhere, including this set in poemeleon.
- Some professor emeritus who rides a skateboard, who so happens to be a friend, told me to read some Edna St. Vincent Millay. I’ve read her before, but I really dig her (and the professor who suggested her, of course). Project Gutenberg offers many of her books free online, but I’ll read (and this is a random pick) Second April.
- Pulitzer prize winning Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith. Read the Times review, and like me, you’ll want to read the book.
- Poet (and Poetry editor) Christian Wiman was on NPR’s “On Being,” “PBS Newshour" and reviewed everywhere for his volume Every Riven Thing.
- Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems by Heid Erdrich. She has an extensive website that lists all her books and her sister, Louise Erdrich, is also an awesome writer. I look forward to this one!
- Winner of 2014 Lambda Literary Awards, Unpeopled Eden by Rigoberto González is, according to Publisher’s Weekly, “energetic and versatile Gonzalez” and his latest book has “potentially a broad appeal.” I’ve been meaning to read González for a while now, but work always gets in the way. I’ll make this my work!
- Lucky Fish is not Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s latest book, but it came highly recommended. González (see above; I love the conversational world of writing) says on the Poetry Foundation website that Lucky Fish, “affirms [Nezhukumatathil] reputation as one of the master miners of the curios fact in science, history, nature and culture. With unparalleled ease, she’s able to weave each intriguing detail into a nuanced, thought-provoking poem that also reads like a startling modern-day fable.”
- My friend Kathy says Rose by Li-Young Lee is “romantic and glorious. It’s kind of like a sweet longing feeling.” Here’s a taste from the book.
- I love the title of Kim Hyesoon’s book, Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream, translated by Don Mee Choi. Three of the poems are in Asymptote.
- Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers by Frank X Walker has the wonderful word “unghosting” in the title and covers the life of civil rights leader Evers around the time of his assassination. “Turn me loose” are Medgar Evers’ last words.
- Laura Madeline Wiseman is a busy woman who is a champion of and for poetry. Her newest book, American Galactic, looks to be a very interesting read. Speaking of reading, here’s Laura reading, “The Tabloids” on Youtube! Awesome.