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Rusty’s Reading List 2016 | May 24, 2016

Strangler Fig

I got this chapbook when Magpie featured at VERSeFest a few years ago, though that was far from the first time I had seen Magpie perform. In fact, I believe she featured at the second Capital Slam I ever attended, back in 2006.

I would describe her poetry in this book as beautifully bleak. If you focus only on the tone, it would be easy to read this as depressing, but that would be ignoring the wonderful way she spins those words and the hidden joy you can find in between the lines. (And it isn’t always hidden.)

Magpie is incredibly talented, but that is no secret at all.


Books Read in 2016

Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula

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