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Rusty’s Reading List 2015 | December 29, 2015


This was the second issue of Arc I read this year, yet the previous one was the one that was published after this one.

Time is an illusion, publishing schedules doubly so. Or something.

No, I quite enjoy Arc, normally, yet I will admit that this one fell a little flat, right up until the end. Maybe it is me but while there were certainly good poems, nothing jumped out. A line from Bonny Cassidy’s essay on Australian Urbanisation and Poetry said (while referring to Henry Kendall’s elegy for Charles Harpur), that “It’s a sweet but pretty ordinary poem”.
Maybe that would be my review of this issue – which was produced by the Australian magazine Cordite Poetry Review, rather than the usual Arc staff, in some sort of exchange program, I think.

That is, until I got to the end, ‘Axis 2: Apex’ by A.J. Carruthers was quite interesting, if a bit opaque to my uneducated palate. And then, the last poem in the book, tore it all wide open.

‘Ania’ by Ania Walwicz is a treasure. It changed my opinion of the entire volume. Once you get past the wall of text and see how appropriate the format is, it is transformative. Beautiful.

Will this be my last book finished this year? The next one my pile is a chapbook, so if I find a bit of time to sit down with it before Monday, there could still be another.

If not, my favourite of the year…hmmm…  maybe I will do another post on that once the year is officially finished.

My year in books:

Arc Poetry Magazine #75 – Fall 2014
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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