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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

January 31, 2016
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BlueMarrow
I heard Ms. Halfe recite at CFSW last year and felt compelled to pick up one of her books at the Merch table. I am so glad that I did.

This is a not a book of poems as much as it is a poem in book form… or maybe a history book in poetry form… or maybe family stories in the form of a Governor General’s Award Nominee.

She slides in an out of voices and dialects, through eras and peoples. I remember the jarring feeling when hearing from a colonist and the very interesting tonal shift when she chose to use ‘accented english’ for the native speakers.

The biggest loss for me (though this is my failing, certainly not the book’s or Halfe’s), was my inability to ‘hear the Cree words included. This is only due to my inexperience listening to the language. (There is a glossary in the back for those who wish it, though I did not think it necessary to appreciate the poetry. The glossary is fun, though. Where else would you find out that the Cree word for honey is literally bee shit.)

I wonder if Amal El-Mohtar knows that. :)

Very much recommended.

 

Books Read in 2016

Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

January 24, 2016
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openletter_lrg

 

So, Sheri-D Wilson wrote me this letter… well, she did not write it to me, specifically. She wrote it to everyone who is affected by violence against women.

This is brutally powerful work. There were moments when I wanted to cheer but there were (far more) moments where I wanted to climb under the covers and sob.

Violence against women, in all its forms, isn’t a ‘woman’s issue’. It is a ‘men’s issue’.  It is stopping rapists rather than teaching women how to avoid being raped. (Though, learning how to protect yourself is a strong theme in this book.) It is recognizing that violence comes out of fear and power.

 

Why do some people take umbrage to the Smokey the Bear approach? “Only YOU can prevent forest fires.”

Amazing book, but be prepared when you open it. It is far from an easy read.

 

Books Read in 2016

Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

January 22, 2016
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Dingle-YummyMummy

 

Erin Dingle is my hero.

Let’s be honest, sometimes Erin Dingle is everybody’s hero, even if they don’t know it yet.

This book is hilarious and sweet and poignant and everything.

I can read this book and discover some new wisdom imparted by Erin’s incredible daughter and think, “man, I should have had kids. They are awesome.” and then turn the page where Erin lays the straight goods about the hard times too and think, “oh right. There is that…”

Throughout there is wonderful poetry that reminds you that while this book is kind of ‘Erin as mommy’, it is really ‘Erin as human’.

It is telling, and important, that the last message this book gives is that Erin has to take care of herself too… and her daughter reminded her of that.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Books Read in 2016

Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

January 18, 2016
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pfyc_green

This isn’t the right cover, but that’s okay.

The Peter F. Yacht Club is an irregular periodical put out by rob mclennan. This particular issue was released at VERSeFest in March, 2015. There are a lot of ‘familiar’ poets for those acquainted wight he Ottawa poetry scene and I’ll admit that my favourite is a poem by Monty Reid, who is a friend from my time with VERSeFest. I also quite like the piece by Laurie Fuhr, who is new to me.

As usual, rob does a great job writing, curating and promotion poetry in our fair city. In fact, if the city ever manages to get the Poet Laureate position actually active, rob would be my pick for the job.

 

Books Read in 2016

Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

January 15, 2016
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Magpie

It seems that January is the time for re-reading poetry chapbooks written by friends.

The thing I really, REALLY like about this work by Magpie is that, as with much written poetry, at first glance, it seems very different from what we hear as Spoken Word. In Magpie’s case, however, all I have to do it picture her voice to realize that it is not that different after all. Presentation IS a piece of art, but it is not the only piece.

This particular chapbook is from 2012, just past the half-way point from when I first saw Magpie perform, in early 2006.

I was really glad we got to host her at VERSeFest in… what was it, 2014?

Great poet.

Books Read in 2016

If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

January 14, 2016
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CaptainAmerica-winter-soldier-2

Part 2 of the return of Bucky. I already expressed my opinions on his return in general, so let me just talk about this collection.

Disappointing.

Basically, after two full volumes of build-up, Cap facing of with Bucky is done in a flash. There is a very abbreviated confrontation, a little deus ex machine, and it is over. That’s it.

The story as a whole. with both books taken together, is pretty solid, but Cable Jr. is still not a very compelling character.

There is an interesting side discussion: which comic characters add more to comics by being dead, than they do by being alive?

Bucky, Uncle Ben, Gwen Stacey, Abin Sur, Kryptonians (all of them who aren’t Superman and Supergirl), Speedy (from Love & Rockets)… just off the top of my head.

 

Comic Books Read in 2016

Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

January 13, 2016
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CaptainAmiericaWinterSoldier1

This one isn’t new, but I re-read it because I just got Volume 2 and I am him reading because I am quite sick.

Here is a case where the book itself can be good even though I don’t like the result. I think bringing back Bucky was a mistake. The Winter Soldier character is not really worth ripping up a legacy like they did. Add to that killing Jack Monroe, he was a perfectly good Bucky analogue (though misused over the years), and I wasn’t down with this decision at all. I’m still not.

Having said THAT, in itself, this book is quite good. Brubaker shows the underbelly of the world quite well and having Cap stir around there creates in interesting contrast (which was missing when they did the same thing in Bucky’s own book).

Good read. I am looking forward to reading the next volume.

 

Comic Books Read in 2016

Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

January 11, 2016
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HoneyMonth

I have read this before, in pieces. More importantly, I thought I would read it again as Amal is featuring at CapSlam and OYPS this weekend and I was wondering what to say about her.

I suppose the first thing to say is that reading The Honey Month and thinking you know what it means to read Amal is a mistake. She is not be pigeon-holed. Now if you want to read this to see a slice of her talent, you will not be disappointed.

Reading it again, I had forgotten how sensual this book is. I mean, there were always examples (I have heard Amal read ‘Peach Creamed Honey’ a few times), but it didn’t realize (or recall, more likely), how pervasive it was.

And it is perfect at it.

Simply put, writing about and inspired by honey, how could it not be sensual… or even sexual. I mean… honey.

Beautiful poetry (and yes, the prose is still poetry). (Heck, the descriptions of colour and taste are poetry.)

As said, there is MUCH more to Amal than this. She is a phenomenally talented individual. But if you are looking for a (ahem) taste, The Honey Month is well worth dipping into.

So, Amal? When are you going to write a novel?

 

Books Read in 2016

The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

January 6, 2016
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stepasidepops_300dpi

 

I have not been feeling very well so I tried to distract myself with some Kate Beaton. I wish I could say it worked, but that it no fault of this book, which is great.
I actually bought it for Ruthanne for her birthday in early December, but if I hadn’t, I might have bought it soon anyway… because it is just that good.

I had read a bunch of the strips already, on her website, but that doesn’t make them any less… funny, insightful, cutting, witty, whatever.

Here is one that I find incredibly funny… to the point I couldn’t even explain why.

bread crumbs

Recommended.

 

 

Comic Books Read in 2016

Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

January 5, 2016
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Squirrel Girl

An interesting thing has happened to my comic interests. It used to be – back when I was always hip-deep in Marvel Superhero comics – that I didn’t like the ‘silly’ ones. I preferred a specific tonal range (though I didn’t realize it), and things that went out of the range needed to be separate, or ‘reasonable’. So Thor, Frog of Thunder worked because it was part of the general storyline. Loki turned Thor into a frog. That ‘made sense’ (at that level).

But I never liked things like Squirrel Girl, because writers kept insisting that it was all ‘part of continuity’. So writers had little pissing matches about whether that was ‘really Doctor Doom’ that she beat… not to mention the Thanos nonsense.

Oh, and I really don’t like Deadpool. I just thought I would throw that out there.

So, what has changed? I am no longer invested in the current shared universe, so how this book relates to other Marvel books does not concern me in the least. Instead, I just enjoy this wonderful book on its own merits.
They won me over on the first few pages with their new theme song.

If you like Superior Foes of Spider-Man You ‘might’ like this book.
If you like Lumberjanes you will ‘probably’ like this book.
If you like both you will ‘definitely’ like this book.
I am in that third group.

Recommended.

 

Comic Books Read in 2016

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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