I keep an ever-growing stack of poetry and essay books on my coffee table. I try to look over one or two of them a day. It keeps me interested.
The stack as it stands, right now:
- Call Her by Her Name: Bianca Lynne Spriggs
- Southern Poetry Review
- Haint: Teri Ellen Cross Davis
- They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us: Hanif Abdurraqib
- Set to Music a Wildfire: Ruth Awad
- Not for Art Nor Prayer: Darren C. Demarcus
- Common Threads 2017
- Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems
- De/Composition: W.D. Snodgrass
- Selected Poems of Carl Sandburg
- The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry
- Fire in the Sea
I try to get a few pages in a night. I don’t buzz through a bunch at once. I let the words sit with me and try to understand the artistry. As soon as I finish a book, I’ll add another to the pile. It keeps my reading life interesting, to say the least.