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.