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Rusty’s Reading List 2017

February 22, 2017
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touchthedonkey9

 

So, I just read Touch the Donkey #12, so what else to read next but Touch the Donkey #9!

Because of… reasons!

Or really, because my to-read pile is like unto a living thing that spits out books in a somewhat random manner.

My favourite in this issue was ‘Novel of the Year’ by Anne Boyer. rob always comes up with some great and interesting reads!

 

Books read in 2017

Touch the Donkey #9
Touch the Donkey #12
Arc Poetry Magazine #81
The Emperor of Water Clocks – Yusef Komunakaa
Warhorses – Yusef Komunyakaa
The Mosquito Coast – Paul Theroux
Guff Ink – Wes Ryan
Hurting God – Rita Ann Higgins

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Rusty’s Reading List 2017

February 13, 2017
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It is always pleasant to run into rob mclennan. Not only because of his charming personality, but also because I invariably walk away with a copy of whatever his latest project happens to be. I saw him a couple of weeks ago and that turned into Touch the Donkey #12.

There are poems from 9 poets in this issue (multiples in many cases), including some names that are quite familiar to those who follow rob’s publications. My personal favourite was ‘It’s not not talking about it’ by Shazia Hafiz Ramji.

Books read in 2017

Touch the Donkey #12
Arc Poetry Magazine #81
The Emperor of Water Clocks – Yusef Komunakaa
Warhorses – Yusef Komunyakaa
The Mosquito Coast – Paul Theroux
Guff Ink – Wes Ryan
Hurting God – Rita Ann Higgins


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Rusty’s Reading List 2017

February 10, 2017
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The theme for the latest issue of Arc is ‘Art in the End Times’ and I’m not going to lie, some of this was really depressing. But a cathartic kind of depressing, like listening to the blues.
Interestingly, what jumps out at me the most isn’t poetry, per se, but two really powerful essays – one by Ben Gallagher and one by Katherine Leyton (whose book has already appeared on this list – last year).
Really powerful stuff.

Not to say that there isn’t great poetry too! ‘The day the Syrian child washed ashore’ by Wendy Donawa is chilling in its honesty. Alessandra Naccarato’s ‘One Hundred Ways To Die In Yellowstone’ makes death kind of funny… except when it isn’t. This piece sneaks up on you a bit.

Then there is a limerick in there. At first it seemed out of place but… it is actually pretty good!

I happened to be listening to the Arctic Monkeys album ‘AM’ who reading a bunch o this. I don’t know why, but it just seemed to fit.

 

Books read in 2017

Arc Poetry Magazine #81
The Emperor of Water Clocks – Yusef Komunakaa
Warhorses – Yusef Komunyakaa
The Mosquito Coast – Paul Theroux
Guff Ink – Wes Ryan
Hurting God – Rita Ann Higgins


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