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Rusty’s Reading List 2015 | December 8, 2015



This one was tough for me to get my head around at first. I tend to be a little literal in my poetry – not completely, but more than some.
This book sometimes reads like random words thrown together, until you step back and read the whole.
Two things:
1. I want to hand this book every time someone critiques my grammar in a poem. Read this: “Lie when we / outwalk our dragons, thus, their future tails: catch on / fire.”


2. Years ago I had the opportunity to perform at the National Gallery, reading poetry inspired by art housed there. (That was the first time I did that. The second was as part of the Caravaggio exhibit.)

I read two poems. One was inspired by ‘The Discourse of Elements’ by BGL. The other was ‘Pavane’ by Jen Paul Riopelle. The poem I wrote was called Step Back and the sentiment in it matches what I feel about this book at times. Kind of.

Oh, and Kevin Matthews poem inspired by ‘Pavane’ was better. πŸ™‚

My year in books:

Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now – Daphne Marlatt
Falling Wallendas – Michael Brown
Lighthead – Terrance Hayes
Escarpment Pages – Rob McLennan
Arc Poetry Magazine #76 – Winter 2015
The New Yorker Reader: True Crime
X – Shane Rhodes
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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