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Rusty’s Reading List 2015 | September 26, 2015


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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