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Rusty’s Reading List 2015 | February 3, 2015

McFadden

This book… sigh.

It is a book of Tankas and Haiku but an incredibly talented poet but that does not even come close to what it means to me.

I saw David McFadden do a reading at VERSeFest last year. Before that I had heard his name but I am not always as conversant in ‘page’ poetry as I would like.

But then I heard his story.

McFadden has Alzheimer’s. It seems that the reason he is writing such short forms of poetry right now is connected to his attention span. (I don’t want to speak for him, but that is my understanding.)

Some years ago, I started worrying about my memory. Little things, like temporarily forgetting my phone number… an then having a panic attack about it (which makes things worse).

This is something that ALREADY was a source of stress for me.

Then my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He got really bad before the end.

I have been tested. It seems that my poor memory and anxiety over it are just that (which is a nasty circle, since anxiety works against memory), but this continues to be a spot of worry for me.

Then there is David McFadden. He is a poet. He has Alzheimer’s. He continues to be a poet.

I wait eagerly his next book. And his next one. And so on… and dread the day I hear he can no longer write them.

2015 in Books

Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman

2015 in Comic Collections

Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 – Year of the Bastard
Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 – Lust For Life
Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 – Back on the Street
Gotham Central Vol. 1 – In The Line Of Duty
The Walking Dead Vol. 5 – The Best Defense
The Walking Dead Vol. 4 – The Heart’s Desire
The Walking Dead Vol. 3 – Safety Behind Bars
The Walking Dead Vol. 2 – Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead Vol. 1 – Days Gone Bye
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 2
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 1
Justice League International Vol. 3 – Giffen / DeMatteis / Maguire

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