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Rusty’s Reading List 2016 | November 24, 2016



That title, tho.

Nina Vuleta is a very talented young poet who I have had the pleasure to work with when we were an the 2015 CapSlam team together. They really sone that year – enough that they were asked to come back and do a showcase poem (‘Binary’) after we were eliminated from the competition. This year they were on the Urban Legends team that made it to finals.

This chapbook, is something else. Right away, from the cover onwards, you see Nina’s sense of humour that carries through the introduction and small ‘incidental’ scribblings here and there throughout the book. This is a great way to break up an otherwise heavy read. This is full of teen angst (and if you think there is any judgment in me referring to it that way, you don’t know me very well), written in a smart way. There is a lot of writing about depression, even when the surface writing is about something else.

But then there is a love poem about a relationship between Misha Collins (of Supernatural) and kale.

Who else could have written a line like: The kale blushed the way a vegetable would, nutritiously.


The room was like a ninth grade science class, filled with chemistry.


I am looking forward to hearing more from Nina.



Books Read in 2016

Why Does My Placenta Smell Like Cranberries? – Nina Vuleta
0123456789 – Christian Bök
Touch the Donkey #10
Sex in Sevens – Pearl Pirie
The Key – Simon Toyne
Oratorealis #1
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
The Pemmican Eaters – Marilyn Dumont
ARC Poetry Magazine #72
ARC Poetry Magazine #70
Out Of My League – Dirk Hayhurst
King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
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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