Reading Journal 2009, Entry 1


  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 25, 2009 at 11:09 pm .

    I think you’re right, Glenn—though I’m not sure what "gorgeous muckiness" means! Someone whose name I’ve forgotten wrote that poets tend to "make it new" either by bringing fresh material into poems—material previously considered "unpoetic"—or by expanding the formal possibilities of verse. Olds—like Edna St. Vincent Millay, for example—does the the former. It may be that some formal invention

  2. Glenn Ingersoll
    Glenn Ingersoll January 24, 2009 at 4:01 am .

    I like Sharon Olds even though when reading one of her books I frequently groan and suppress the urge to hurl it across the room. Her flaw is her strength, this gorgeous muckiness both in subject and language.

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison January 20, 2009 at 6:35 pm .

    What! Vassilis, really… no used bookstores in Greece? And thanks for your kind words too, William….<BR/><BR/>Scott—you&#39;re up north, right? There&#39;s a good used store in Arvada (88th &amp; Wadsworth I think) called Black &amp; Read….

  4. vazambam
    vazambam January 20, 2009 at 8:30 am .

    Nice inaugural, Joe! It augers well. One of the things I miss most about not living in America–used bookstores!

  5. S_Allen
    S_Allen January 19, 2009 at 11:34 pm .

    I recently read Strike Sparks as well. It was good.<BR/><BR/>I like these types of posts too. I need to start visiting used book stores.

  6. William Michaelian
    William Michaelian January 19, 2009 at 9:13 pm .

    Thanks, Joe. Wonderful, informative entry. I’ll be looking forward to more.<BR/><BR/>“Somewhere in Texas, a village is missing its idiot.”

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