Wednesday, January 18, 2023


It’s 2023! 

These are the books I’m currently reading. I meant to read these months ago, but I’m catching up now. 

If There Are Any Heavens by Nicholas Montemarano

The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev

These are the books I want to read next. (In random order.) 

Aura: A Memoir by Hillary Leftwich 


Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield 


Enjoy Me Among My Ruins by Juniper Fitzgerald 


Miss MacIntosh, My Darling by Marguerite Young 


The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty 


Bliss Montage by Ling Ma 


I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive: On Trauma, Persistence, and Dolly Parton by Lynn Melnick 


Late Summer Ode by Olena Kalytiak Davis 


Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet 


The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freeland 


Healing by Gayl Jones 


Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet 


Foster by Claire Keegan 


Assia by Sandra Simonds 


Offended Sensibilities by Alisa Ganieva


The Emily Dickinson Reader by Paul Legault 


The Long Answer by Anna Hogeland 


Aesthetica by Allie Rowbottom 


A Dangerous Business by Jane Smiley 


Writers Under Surveillance: The FBI Files  


Doom Scroll by Matthew Guenette 

The Pumpkin Eater by Penelope Mortimer 


Bad Thoughts by Nada Alic 


When the Sun Comes Out After Three Days of Rain by Leah Browning  

Sugar Street by Jonathan Dee 


Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto by Tricia Hersey 


I’m Never Fine: Scenes and Spasms on Loss by Joseph Lezza 


Judy Garland is Not a Sunrise by E.F. Schraeder


Eve Bites Back: An Alternative History of English Literature by Anna Beer 

I really appreciate people sending me books and I really appreciate people emailing me about new and forthcoming books. I can’t respond to all the emails, but it is so nice of people to reach out and I do read every email.  

So... Some people have asked me about new poems... I am working on a couple manuscripts right now. One is definitely not poetry. The other one is...also not poetry... I think the most important thing is that I’m writing, but I guess I do feel a bit anxious and guilty to say I’m not working on any poems at the moment.  

Since I don’t have any new poems right now (sorry), I thought I would post some throwback poems/book excerpts. These photos are of my reading copies which are getting pretty worn. Especially my reading copy of Inappropriate Sleepover which has been bathed in beer over the years.  

A poem from Inappropriate Sleepover (The National Poetry Review Press, 2014). (Throwing it pretty far back with this poem...) 

I’m actually going to post three poems from The Crimes of Clara Turlington (Vine Leaves Press, 2015) because it is the middle child book. Years later, I’m still excited that Stephanie Burt tweeted about one of these poems. 

A poem from Without: Body, Name, Country (Vine Leaves Press, 2020). 

I thought I would have an okay selfie from this past weekend, but I don’t. Instead, I have four selfies from Saturday that look like they were taken with an aughts flip phone. I guess I was in horrible lighting or squirming around too much or something. That’s alright though. I made it to 2023 all in one piece. 

Stay warm!