2021-05-01 07:00

13/ Week of 29 Mar

  • Amanda Earl, a field guide to fanciful bugs (above/ground 2021)
  • James Hawes, The Hot Dog Variations (above/ground 2021)

14/ Week of 5 Apr

  • Don Paterson, Orpheus: A Version of Rilke’s Die Sonette an Orpheus (Faber & Faber 2006)
  • Aase Berg (Göransson trns), Remainland: Selected Poems (Action Books 2005)

15/ Week of 12 Apr

  • Rainer Maria Rilke (M.D. Herder Norton trns) Letters to a Young Poet (Norton 1954)
  • Joseph Mosconi Occupational Elegies (above/ground 2021)

16/ Week of 19 Apr

17/ Week of 26 Apr

  • Natalie Goldberg Writing Down the Bones (Shambhala 1986, 2016) (First reread in maybe 33 years)
  • Rainer Maria Rilke (Pike trns) The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Dalkey Archive 2008)


  1. Evening’s Empire was a long time coming. I checked it out of the library in the spring of 2013, and read maybe the first quarter. I bought a copy a year later, starting over from the beginning. I set it down repeatedly over the next six years, and finally finished the last three chapters in a big push over several days. An absolutely excellent book.

  2. All this Rilke over the last month or so is because of a correspondence course called Rilke by Mail offered by the poet Mark Wunderlich. Rilke was an early and, I see now, extremely strong influence on me when I was a young poet starting out in college.


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