Adventures in Reading 2021


  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 13, 2022 at 6:13 pm .

    Oh, Pat. Be still my heart! Well, my edition of HOPSCOTCH is also a first, though wrapped in a tattered (worm-eaten?) dustjacket and not a little beat up. But READABLE (I mean size of type) and completely involving. When teaching I tend to eke out just an hour or so of reading before bed, more time on weekends, and I lived in that book for two months at least. Wonderful! Cervantes would be proud.

    Glad you were able to comment!

  2. Patricia Dubrava Keuning
    Patricia Dubrava Keuning January 13, 2022 at 4:19 pm .

    I’m so delighted by finally being able to post a comment on your blog that I can’t resist adding this. I have a first American edition, 1966, translated by the great Gregory Rabassa, of Hopscotch, hardcover, in dust jacket.

  3. Patricia Dubrava Keuning
    Patricia Dubrava Keuning January 13, 2022 at 4:13 pm .

    I’ve put off reading this till now because I know it means I’m adding a dozen books to my list, starting with the Szymborska. Anything with that many post-it flags has to be good. My method is to go through those flags once I’ve read the book and select a few to type into my year’s reading doc for easy access at year’s end. And thanks for the kind nod and link!

  4. Sabina
    Sabina January 3, 2022 at 12:21 pm .

    Great recs, Joe. Would you recommend the How to Start Writing for my budding authors or is it for poetry?

  5. Lisa Zimmerman
    Lisa Zimmerman January 2, 2022 at 12:18 pm .

    Wow, only my husband reads anywhere near as many books as you do. Thank you for mentioning my Saint chapbook. And let me recommend Victoria Chang’s book of poems _Obit_ and her amazing memoir that I’m reading now _Dear Memory, Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief_. Also, Kasey Jueds’ new book of poems _The Thicket_ is gorgeous (Pitt, 2021). Happy 2022, Joe!

  6. Nicholas Samaras
    Nicholas Samaras January 2, 2022 at 12:02 pm .

    Invaluable insight. Many thanks

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