Friday, August 17, 2012

Bookmarks List/Bedside Table

The bookmarks list is the new bedside table (I’ll take one of each, please).

A little list of literary links to love:

“A Guide to Anti-Taxidermy,” by Scott Provence (in the new issue of The Journal). I devoured it in print, and came back for internet seconds and thirds.

“‘That One Was the Oddest One’: Weirdness in Contemporary American Poetry,” by Jason Koo (in The Missouri Review, issue 34.4). Koo (an excellent poet himself!) praises strange poet brains, and reviews works by Dorothea Lasky, Arda Collins, and Jason Bredle. The author celebrates those poets who “think and write in weird ways.” Koo, I’m with you.

The new Fragments issue of Qarrtsiluni. It contains gems like Peter Newton’s “7 Fragments.”

“The Risky Business of Reproduction,” over at writer Heather Kirn Lanier’s blog, Star in Her Eye. In her beautiful posts at this blog, Heather writes about parenting her adorable daughter, Fiona, and learning about Fiona’s genetic deletion. All of her posts here are excellent (full of honesty, love, and wonder). Make sure to read “The Partial Glossary of Words Not to Use With a New Mom of a Special Needs Baby.”

“To the 12 Mug Shots of Ted Williams,” written and read by poet Scott Woods at the last edition of Paging Columbus (the literary event series that I organize and host). Watch the video below (so good!). In addition to Scott, the August event featured stellar readings from Amanda Page and Silas Hansen. There are now almost six hours of readings from this series on YouTube....I feel lucky to live in this city, with its thriving, supportive community of writers and readers!

Have a good weekend! What are you reading these days?


  1. Wow! Thank you, Hannah, for sharing as enjoyable Friday morning reading material the outer edges of your joyous mind, ever seeking the orphaned and odd (albeit a bit round on the ends and high in the middle ;-)). If we're in a sharing mode, I'd like to offer this video that reminded me of, and sometimes countermanded, your links, like Lanier a mediation of the medical and spiritual: Jill Bolte Taylor.

    I especially liked Newton's fragment, it's comfortable the way shoes used to be. I'm not sure I have the same reaction to Koo's piece. It's refreshing to see an old-school extended poetry review that's not just a gush-fest, and Koo's critical ways are rather winning, but it seems so unfair to throw Stevens in with these contemporary poets. Stevens was trying to find a new color between mauve and plum, while these three have palettes limited to shades of grey. It's exasperating to me, quite frankly, to read someone taking so seriously these flat and sophomoric celebrations of narcissism, depression and pathological lying, respectively. If this is the "antidote" I shudder to think about the disease.

  2. Ohh---I'm excited to watch that whole Jill Bolte Taylor video! I remember hearing about her....fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

    Glad you liked some of these....I liked hearing your thoughts on Koo's piece.

    I have to say, I really like Dorothea Lasky (and am going to read the other two poets he discusses in more depth)--I agree with you that I wouldn't connect her to Stevens, necessarily. Here's a lovely poem of hers:

    I like the idea of thinking about how the poet thinks. That's how I feel when I read Zachary Schomburg (wow, he could have written any words, and those are the ones he chose?! How did he get there?).

    There should be a movie made for poets called Looking for Wallace Stevens. We miss him....

  3. I need to study American poetry from 1900 to present before I can comment :).

  4. I need a "Bookmarks List/Bedside Table" i have watched whole video of Jill Bolte Taylor video! Go here


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