Friday, June 5, 2009

Summer Reading, part 1

I'm intermittently reading The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser and Charles Simic's The World Doesn't End. Both of which I want to love, but don't quite. They both have moments I love, but I'm curiously unmoved by much of what I read. Maybe it's just me. I'm waiting for something to really grab me!

And I'm also reading Zelda: A Biography (about Zelda Fitzgerald). I confess to finding it pathetic more than anything else. Both she and Scott come across as shallow, self-obsessed, and irresponsible to such an extent that it's just sad.

Sigh! Can anyone recommend something that will knock me on my butt?


P. said...

I can second Carson's "Autobiography of Red" which I read years ago (and shows up in a letter on The Letter Project you mentioned more recently). Phenomenal novel in verse. Also, The McSweeney's Book of Poets Picking Poets turned me on to a few poets I'd never heard of. One of which is Courtney Queeney (a Syracuse MFA grad), who I read more of in Three New Poets (Sheep Meadow Press) and in fact have OSU's copy on my desk. She has a book out called Fillibuster to Delay a Kiss that I haven't read, but could comfortably recommend based on what I have. Oh, and Elizabeth Alexander's American Sublime is quite good, even though her Inaugural Poem wasn't. And if you haven't gotten around to Claudia Emerson's Late Wife, then it sounds like now would be a good time. There should be something here to knock you down. :)

Emily said...

Thanks for the suggestions, P. I've had "Autobiography of Red" and "Late Wife" on my to-read list for awhile, but thanks to your suggestion, will actively seek them out.