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Rusty’s Reading List 2017 | June 19, 2017


This is yet another example of something I got right when it was released (Fall 2015), and read through in bits and pieces but never sat down for a cover-to-cover until now.

This was ARC’s special ‘Spoken Word Issue’, complete with a cover and art section by that Spoken Word Artist Komi Olaf – known in my day as Poetic Speed, a member of our 2009 Slam Championship team and The Recipe. In fact, the cover showcases another member of those two (related) groups, Ian Keteku!

It is questionable whether one can truly explore Spoken Word in print form, but that doesn’t belittle this great issue because many of the great Spoken Word artists are just straight up great poets, no matter what the format. Tanya Evanson was the guest editor on this issue and she did a great job.

Some highlights for me include Ivan Coytoe’s piece as well as the momentary glee when I realized  Chris Gilpin’s poem referred to RC Weslowski’s poem later in the same issue.

It is great that a quality publication like ARC wants to support and promote Spoken Word (and a little birdie told me that they may be doing that in new ways in the future.) 🙂


Books read in 2017

ARC Poetry Magazine #78
The Anthropocalypse is Nigh… – Shayne Avec I Grec
The Associate – Phillip Margolin
Peter F. Yacht Club #25
Forth-seventh birthday – rob mclennan
Li’l Bastard – David McGimpsey
Love is a Tree you Planted – Mary Pinkoski
oratorealis #3
Muybridge’s Horses – Rob Winger
Trouble Boys – The True Story of the Replacements – Bob Mehr
A Magical Mystery Tour – Inside the Coach House Press
Arc Poetry Magazine #80
Dancing Alone – William Hawkins
Peter F. Yacht Club #24
Canticles I (MMXVI) – George Elliott Clarke
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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