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Rusty’s Reading List 2016 | December 4, 2016


I have written before about how taken I was with David McFadden’s story and performance at VERSeFest. Enough so that I decided to pick up one of his older books to see what his writing was like before his fight with alzheimer’s started.

I am so glad I did. Gypsy Guitar is an amazing piece of writing. While at times it wears a bit of the ‘young men write poetry to try and get laid’ issues, overall it is a compelling look at a life examined. My favourites (at the moment) are The Moons of Jupiter and In The Buffalo Airport, but I cannot go without mentioning My Chocolate Maserati and the line “You can’t write anything worthwhile until you notice that Death has noticed you.”

He was speaking about age, but I will take this line as inspiration for great things to come in my own work. 🙂


Books Read in 2016

Gypsy Guitar – David McFadden
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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