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Rusty’s Reading List 2015

September 30, 2015
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mikemcgee

This is a chapbook I got from Mike McGee back when he featured at VERSeFest. It came with a CD download and I have listened the crap out of the CD. It includes by favourite of all Mighty Mike McGee poems – Dirty Dimes.

I finally got around to reading the book, and I can understand why it took so long – but I was wrong to wait. Basically, Mike’s poems without Mike’s personage is lacking what makes Mike so amazing. Yet, when I was reading, I couldn’t help but hear his voice and see his face. He IS here, infused all the way through.

Mighty, indeed.

2015 in Books

Plane Tickets Printed On Broken Glass – Mike McGee
Issues with Etiquette – Sean O’Gorman
Madness, Rack, and Honey – Mary Ruefle
The Hottest Summer in Recorded History – Elizabeth Bachinsky
^^^^^^^^^^ – Stevie Howell
Zurita – Raul Zurita
What Does A House Want? – Gary Geddes
Twenty-five Years of Tree – James Moran & Jennifer Mulligan (ed)
Thanks For Nothing, Hippies – Sarah Clancy
Ocean – Sue Goyette
Come Cold River – Karen Connelly
Touch the Donkey Vol. 1
Memory – Ottawa Capital Slam Poetry Team – 2014
Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman


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Rusty’s Reading List 2015

September 28, 2015
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Issues with Etiquette Sean OGorman

My second O’Gorman book of the year and the first release from Patchwork Poetry, Brad Morden’s imprint.

So obviously I am biased. Both Sean and Brad are good friends. Still, I think it is unvarnished truth to say that this is a very good book. Sean has a way of ripping off layers of his own skin in a way that gets you to empathize and feel what he is feeling, or some semblance of it, anyway.

He says he is a heartbreak poet, and that is true, but he is also a breaker of many other pieces of emotional carry-on.

Recommended.

2015 in Books

Issues with Etiquette – Sean O’Gorman
Madness, Rack, and Honey – Mary Ruefle
The Hottest Summer in Recorded History – Elizabeth Bachinsky
^^^^^^^^^^ – Stevie Howell
Zurita – Raul Zurita
What Does A House Want? – Gary Geddes
Twenty-five Years of Tree – James Moran & Jennifer Mulligan (ed)
Thanks For Nothing, Hippies – Sarah Clancy
Ocean – Sue Goyette
Come Cold River – Karen Connelly
Touch the Donkey Vol. 1
Memory – Ottawa Capital Slam Poetry Team – 2014
Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman


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Rusty’s Reading List 2015

September 26, 2015
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madnessrack_grande

This book has blown my mind.

Ruefle was a reader at VERSeFest in… 2013, I think, and I was impressed enough that I decided to buy one of her books. When I hit the book table, what I found instead of a poetry book was a collection of her lectures. I decided to buy it anyway.

Am I ever glad that I did.

These aren’t really lectures on poetry, per se, but poetry infuses her being and it shows. Some chapters are discussions on a topic, that may ramble a bit, but is always interesting.

And then I hit the chapter called My Emily Dickinson. It is about Dickinson, and Emily Bronte, and Anne Frank, and Mary Ruefle. It is poetry within prose and defies explanation. It amazed me.

From then on, the rest of the book was just better and better. I actually want to go and read the first half again to see if IT is even better after the revelation of the Dickinson chapter.

The Short lectures section was so good that I have rad the first two aloud to two other people… just because I needed to share it.

I love this book.

2015 in Books

Madness, Rack, and Honey – Mary Ruefle
The Hottest Summer in Recorded History – Elizabeth Bachinsky
^^^^^^^^^^ – Stevie Howell
Zurita – Raul Zurita
What Does A House Want? – Gary Geddes
Twenty-five Years of Tree – James Moran & Jennifer Mulligan (ed)
Thanks For Nothing, Hippies – Sarah Clancy
Ocean – Sue Goyette
Come Cold River – Karen Connelly
Touch the Donkey Vol. 1
Memory – Ottawa Capital Slam Poetry Team – 2014
Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman


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Rusty’s Reading List 2015

September 14, 2015
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HottestSummer

This is a lovely book. It isn’t overly heavy, but it isn’t fluff either. There is a stream of consciousness element that I enjoy as well as little peeks into a different life. Nice book.

2015 in Books

The Hottest Summer in Recorded History – Elizabeth Bachinsky
^^^^^^^^^^ – Stevie Howell
Zurita – Raul Zurita
What Does A House Want? – Gary Geddes
Twenty-five Years of Tree – James Moran & Jennifer Mulligan (ed)
Thanks For Nothing, Hippies – Sarah Clancy
Ocean – Sue Goyette
Come Cold River – Karen Connelly
Touch the Donkey Vol. 1
Memory – Ottawa Capital Slam Poetry Team – 2014
Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman


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Rusty’s Reading List 2015

September 6, 2015
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Sharps

Referred to as ‘Sharps’ but actually called ^^^^^^^, Howell’s book of poetry is challenging. I find a lot of it to be quite opaque. But when it isn’t… wow.

Thee is a poem in here called ‘Ballad of Blood Hotel’ which is mostly a condemnation of the lure of NYC, but to me it is a reminder that sometimes women live in a different world than men – a world here having to sneak out and find a new place to stay in the middle of the night in a strange city is just not all that uncommon.

Enough that the poem is about the hotel she ended up at rather than the threats that sent her there.

2015 in Books

^^^^^^^^^^ – Stevie Howell
Zurita – Raul Zurita
What Does A House Want? – Gary Geddes
Twenty-five Years of Tree – James Moran & Jennifer Mulligan (ed)
Thanks For Nothing, Hippies – Sarah Clancy
Ocean – Sue Goyette
Come Cold River – Karen Connelly
Touch the Donkey Vol. 1
Memory – Ottawa Capital Slam Poetry Team – 2014
Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman


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