What I’ve finished reading this week. Scroll to the bottom of the list to read about the motiviation behind this page. (2019-03-17)

11/ Week of 11 Mar

Nothing. Here’s why.

10/ Week of 4 Mar

  • Smith: Life on Mars (Graywolf, 2011)
  • Williams: The Vigil (FSG, 1997)

9/ Week of 25 Feb

The third week in a row with only one completed book.

  • Rekdal: Imaginary Vessels (Copper Canyon, 2016)

8/ Week of 18 Feb

  • Basho (Corman, trns): Backroads to Far Towns (White Pine, 2004)

7/ Week of 11 Feb

  • Taggart: Is Music (Copper Canyon, 2010)

6/ Week of 4 Feb

  • Merwin: The Lice (Copper Canyon, 2017)
  • Hollo: Guests of Space (Coffee House, 2007)

5/ Week of 28 Jan

  • Kinnell: Three Books (Mariner, 2002)
  • Stӑnescu (Cotter, trns): Wheel with a Single Spoke (Archipelago, 2012)
  • Tranströmer (Fulton, trns): The Great Enigma, New Collected Poems (New Directions, 2006)

4/ Week of 21 Jan

  • Mullen: Recyclopedia (Graywolf, 2006)
  • Gregg: In the Middle Distance (Graywolf, 2006)

3/ Week of 14 Jan

  • Celan (Joris, trns): Breathturn (Green Integer, 2006)
  • Giscombe: Prairie Style (Dalkey, 2008)
  • Rimbaud (Ashbery, trns): Illuminations (Norton, 2011)

2/ Week of 7 Jan

  • Levis: The Widening Spell of the Leaves (Pittsburgh, 1991)
  • Belieu: Slant Six (Copper Canyon, 2014)
  • Caws (ed): Pierre Reverdy (NYRB, 2013)

1/ Week of 31 Dec

  • Babstock: Days Into Flatspin (House of Anansi, 2001)
  • Le Guin: Wild Angels (Copper Canyon, 1975/2018)
  • Kaufman: From One Life to Another (Pittsburgh, 1979)

Too Many Books…

At the end of 2018, I realized my pile of poetry to be read had gotten out of control. Many were books I’d begun but not yet finished, or browsed through but to which I felt I had never given a full and close reading. But quite a few others were books I had not yet so much as started.

So I have resolved that I will complete two books of poetry each week in 2019 until I have reduced my poetry TBR stack to my satisfaction.

I say “complete” rather than “read” since there is a sizeable population of very large volumes that I haven’t started and which I know I could never begin and finish in a single week. So in order to complete two books, I’ll probably need to be juggling more like three or four books at a time. So be it.

To hold myself accountable, this page is the ongoing log of poetry books I’ve finished in 2019. I plan to update this each Sunday.