July 5, 2018

CATCHING UP & REREADING

It's been a season of so much to catch up on.


For instance, this fabulous interview with Ben Ladouceur, this year's Dayne Ogilvie prize winner, at Open Book.

I always find reliably wonderful
attractions at Andrew Ray's Some Landscapes, and need to drop in more frequently at Clarissa Aykroyd's The Stone and the Star.  I found Thomas Whyte's great little Volksy bus of an interview site when he asked me to answer a few questions -- visit Billeh Nickerson, Cassidy McFadzean, Sennah Yee, Joelle Barron and many more there.

Two of the many books calling me back for re-reading are Darren Bifford's False Spring, a breathtaking collection of arguments and conversation with poetry and the world (Open Book also ran a great interview with him), and Allan Cooper's luminous Everything We’ve Loved Comes Back to Find Us. (Full disclosure: I was the NB Book Awards judge who chose Cooper's book as the 2018 winner of The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize.)



Judith Herz's John Donne and Contemporary Poetry charts a kind of life and afterlife in essays and poems that roam, study, live with, and inspire, with contributions from Carl Phillips, Steph Burt, Alicia Ostriker, Molly Peacock and more.

The to-read list grows ever longer -- AF Moritz's The Sparrow, Amanda Jernigan's Years, Months, Days, Steve McOrmond's Reckon, even some not yet made into books, like Sonnet L'Abbé's Sonnet's Shakespeare (see three at Numéro Cinq), due this fall --

-- as does the dipped-into-will-return: Roo Borson, Cardinal at the Eastern Red Cedar (so quietly persistent, these poems), Brenda Hillman's Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (notes on every page so far) … I've even had to put LitHub on pause …







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