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Rusty’s Reading List 2017 | October 22, 2017




Recently when choosing between a few poetry journals, I chose Room because I saw Kayla Czaga’s name on the back. I have seen her read twice (the second time after she won Arc’s Poem of the Year contest), and I was struck by the interesting mix of well developed voice while still sounding… well, young.

I will generally pick journals base don a single name, because my exposure to ‘page poetry’ is still limited – though always growing.

After getting this issue I discovered that it is a magazine the promotes ‘Literature, Art, and Feminism’. Sounds good.

And it was! It is a very solid journal mixing poetry and prose (though I was less taken by much of the prose, I will admit. I am not a huge fan of the style of short story that seems to be a ‘part’ of a troy, with no resolution. That happened a lot in here.)

My favourite poem probably was the Czaga piece, so that held up. But there are quite a few other poems of note, including Irene Wilder’s, who was runner up in the poetry competition for 2016 for Room.




Books read in 2017

Room #40.2
Dangerous Animals Club – Stephen Tobolowsky
oratorealis #2.2
Since February – Poetry by V
Coke Machine Glow – Gordon Downie
A Feast for Crows – George R.R. Martin
The Malahat Review #198
Selected Poems of Robert Frost
Stickboy – Shane Koyczan
On Equilibrium – John Ralston Saul
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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