Welcome to our Summer Reads 2011 blog series! Throughout the months of July and August, we will be featuring recommended reading lists submitted by Lantern Review contributors who want to share either books they plan to read themselves this summer, or titles they want to suggest to the wider LR community. This week features a set of reads from Issue 2 contributor Kimberly Alidio.
I’m halfway through the Naropa Summer Writing Program — hello from Boulder to the Lantern Review family! My reading list relates to the conversations of the past two weeks. As I was compiling this, I was often tempted to add the line: “and, eventually, all her other books.”
Anselm Berrigan, Notes from Irrelevance (Wave, 2011)
Tisa Bryant, [the curator] (Belladonna, 2009)
kari edwards, iduna (O Books, 2003)
Marcella Durand, Traffic & Weather (Futurepoem, 2008)
Renee Gladman, To After That (Toaf) (Atelos, 2008)
Christine Hume, Alaskaphrenia (New Issues, 2004)
Brenda Iijima, ed., )((eco(lang)(uage (reader)) (Nightboat, 2010)
Myung Mi Kim, Penury (Omnidawn, 2009)
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Welcome to our Summer Reads 2011 blog series! Throughout the months of July and August, we will be featuring recommended reading lists submitted by Lantern Review contributors who want to share either books they plan to read themselves this summer, or titles they want to suggest to the wider LR community. This week features a set of reads from Issue 1 contributor and 2010-2011 staff writer Henry W. Leung.
Foreign Accents by Steven G. Yao. This just came out and was a helpful if limited summation of the three broad phases of Chinese American verse (racial protest, lyric testimony, & ethnic abstraction).
Chinese Writers on Writing edited by Arthur Sze. Also just came out. All translated from Chinese, some for the first time. I recommend the whole series: it’s a hugely important intro to current international writers–on their own terms.
After Confession edited by Kate Sontag & David Graham. Ten years old but a grand discovery for me. American poets on where the “I” belongs in poems today.
The History of Anonymity by Jennifer Chang, my patron poet from Kundiman!
Duncan the Wonder Dog by Adam Hines. I’ve just started this and it’s gorgeous, multitextual, and resonates with some of what DeLillo did in White Noise.
Thanks for this reading list, Henry, and happy summer!
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Henry’s poem “Question for a Painter” can be found in Lantern Review, Issue 1. His many editorials, interviews, and book reviews can also be found on the LR blog – just search for his name on the blog’s homepage.
Welcome to our Summer Reads 2011 blog series! We have asked Lantern Review contributors from Issues 1 and 2 to share with us what they are reading this summer, and will be featuring their responses weekly throughout the months of July and August. This first installment features a set of reads from Issue 1 contributor Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé.
I just finished a talk at The Asian Festival of Children’s Content, where I spoke on how literary greats like Rudyard Kipling and Robert Graves actually wrote poems specifically for children, while honing their own craft. Really relished reading poems like Walter de la Mare’s “The Listeners”, Eliot’s “Song of the Jellicles”, Leonard Clark’s “Mushrooms”, Seamus Heaney’s “Trout”, and Tolkien’s “The Mewlips”, among others. It was wonderful researching on the subject matter. All of a sudden, I felt my own poetry distilling itself, paring down its language to become more accessible, a strange distancing from my love for compression and heavy metaphorical constructs. Helps me remain in a more contemplative space, which I welcomed. So, I’ve found myself loving some books that afford this beautiful transparent quality, mixed in with my favorite experimental fare. I also have a commissioned article coming up – a reflective piece on the interdisciplinary art I do – for The British Council’s Writing the City Project, in which I serve on their writing panel as a contest judge. So, I’m already working through some heavy critical, theoretical material, like the books by Hagberg, Brown, and Genette. And to make happy my love for all things graphic and visual, I’ve got a whole list of great chapbooks from Dan Waber. I’ll be taking some of these with me on the plane, on the coach when I travel, which will make all that waiting time disappear. These will definitely take me past the summer into the new year, and I’ll lap up every moment of it!
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For our Summer Reads series, we’ve asked contributors from Issue 1 to share what they’ve been reading or plan to read this summer. In this, our last installment, Subhashini Kaligotla shares about her summer reading plans.
Subhashini tells us,
“Since I am very interested in long poems but have succeeded in writing them only by putting together sections or fragments, I thought it would be useful to read Paisley Rekdal, who is a master of the long poem that marries lyric and narrative quite skillfully. So I am looking forward to reading her Six Girls Without Pants and The Invention of the Kaleidoscope.
The other part of my summer list includes an old favourite—Nick Flynn’s Some Ether—and a few other books that also handle family narratives and loss in a collection of lyric poems: Marie Howe’s What the Living Do; Donald Hall’s The Painted Bed; Gregory Orr’s Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved; and Kevin Young’s Dear Darkness.”
Subhashini’s poem “Sydney Notebook” can be found in Issue 1 of Lantern Review. Many thanks to her, and to all of the Issue 1 contributors who have shared their reading lists with us this summer. We hope that this series has inspired you to explore new titles and poets in your own summer reading queues. Now it’s your turn: what is the best book that you’ve read this summer, and why? We’d love to hear; tell us about it in the comments below.
For our Summer Reads series, we’ve asked contributors from Issue 1 to share what they’ve been reading or plan to read this summer. This installment features reads from Jai Arun Ravine.
In an email, Jai enumerated the following books:
“Found” – Souvankham Thammavongsa
“Small Arguments” – Souvankham Thammavongsa
“from unincorporated territory [saina]” – Craig Santos Perez
“Lake M” – Brandon Shimoda
“Chimney Swift” – Jason Daniel Schwartz
Thank you Jai, for sharing this list with us. Jai’s poems “dern, 1” and ‘dern, 2” can be found in Issue 1 of Lantern Review.
For our Summer Reads series, we’ve asked contributors from Issue 1 to share what they’ve been reading or plan to read this summer. This installment features a list of titles that were recommended to us by Eileen Tabios.
“For another venue, I came up with a Summer reading list in poetry here . . .
From above list and for LR — I can recommend the following Asian American titles:
by Ken Chen (Yale University Press)
Far far above the typical poet’s first book. Admirably — and effectively — ambitious. Sophisticated. Will make you fall in love
by Sawako Nakayasu (Letter Machine Editions)
For our Summer Reads series, we’ve asked contributors from Issue 1 to share what they’ve been reading or plan to read this summer. This installment features a list sent to us by Tamiko Beyer.
“Here’s what’s on my reading stack right now:
Cascadia, by Brenda Hillman
Incendiary Circumstances, by Amitav Gosh
Ida, by Gertrude Stein
the ecolanguage reader, edited by Brenda Ijima
The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami (finally!)
Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip
And chapbooks by Jason Bayani and Bushra Rehman, which I got from the authors at the most recent Kundiman retreat!”
Many thanks to Tamiko for sharing these titles with us. Check out her postcard poem in Issue 1’s special feature on Kundiman, or follow her online at her personal web site, www.wonderinghome.com, and at the Kenyon Review blog.
For our Summer Reads series, we’ve asked contributors from Issue 1 to share what they’ve been reading or plan to read this summer. This installment features Rachelle Cruz’s summer reading list.
“Here’s my long list. A mix of poetry and mystery (I work at a specialty mystery bookstore):
A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield
Severance Package by Duane Swierczynski
Natural History of Love by Diane Ackerman
Dawn Light by Diane Ackerman
Transformations by Anne Sexton
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Delivered by Sarah Gambito
Toxic Flora by Kimiko Hahn
I-Hotel by Karen Yamashita
So Much Things To Say by Kwame Dawes”
Many thanks to Rachelle for sharing her list with us. You can read her poem “I Am Still Alive” in Issue 1 of Lantern Review or find more of her on the web at rachellecruz.com and on her radio show, The Blood-Jet Writing Hour.
For our Summer Reads series, we’ve asked contributors from Issue 1 to share what they’ve been reading or plan to read this summer. This installment features a list from Singaporean poet & ceramist Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé.
“Here’s my list (some books have arrived and others I’m requisitioning from the national library here) but these are the ones I’ve been excited about (there are others but they’ll have to wait for next year or something):
Power & Possibility: Essays, Reviews and Interviews (by Elizabeth Alexander)
Islamic Ceramics (by James W. Allan)
The Gate of Horn (by L. S. Asekoff)
Planisphere (by John Ashbery)
This Lamentable City (by Polina Barskova)
These Extremes (by Richard Bausch)
I Was the Jukebox (by Sandra Beasley)
The Collectors (by Matt Bell)
Approaching Ice (by Elizabeth Bradfield)
Plato’s Socrates (by Thomas C. Brickhouse & Nicholas D. Smith)
An Island of Fifty (by Ben Brooks)
Confusion: A Study in the Theory of Knowledge (by Joseph L. Camp, Jr.)
Until Before After (by Ciaran Carson)
Ceramic Materials: Science and Engineering (by C. Barry Carter)
One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America (by Dan Chiasson)
Pierce the Skin (by Henri Cole)
Heterologies: Discourse on the Other (by Michel de Certeau)
When All Our Days Are Numbered (by Sasha Fletcher)
For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut (by Takashi Hiraide)
The Living Fire (by Edward Hirsch)
Gender, Desire, and Sexuality in T. S. Eliot (by Cassandra Laity & Nancy K. Gish)
We Don’t Know We Don’t Know (by Nick Lantz)
Chinese Ceramics (by Stacey Pierson)
Long Lens (by Peter Makuck)
Tocqueville (by Khaled Mattawa)
The Stranger Manual (by Catie Rosemurgy)
Vinland (by Jamie Ross)
Living Must Bury (by Josie Sigler)
Postmodern Ceramics (by Mark Del Vecchio & Garth Clark)
Archicembalo (by G. C. Waldrep)
A lovely set of Mud Luscious Press chapbooks (by Eric Beeny, Matt Bell, Michael Berstein, Daniel Citro, Ryan Downey, David Gianatasio, Kuzhali Manickavel, Ben Segal)”
Many thanks to Desmond for sharing his reading list with us. Check out his poems, “first falling, to get here, ferric by foot” and “: craquelure at the interiors :” in Issue 1 of Lantern Review.
For our Summer Reads series, we’ve asked contributors from Issue 1 to share what they’ve been reading or plan to read this summer. This week’s installment features reads from Craig Santos Perez and Henry W. Leung.
” . . . here are three books that i just read for this summer:
Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Bus, Gizelle Gajelonia (Tinfish Press)
Shout Ha! to the Sky, Robert Sullivan (Salt)
Zong! M. Nourbese Philip (Wesleyan)”
“I’m working on a Fulbright application for a research novel in China,
so my reading for the next week will be research on the little that’s
been written in English about contemporary (actual contemporary, not
heavily political post-Mao post-CR) China. They include:
Yiyun Li – A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
Shouhua Qi – Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories
Xiaolu Guo – Lovers in the Age of Indifference
Deanna Fei – A Thread of Sky (product of a 2002 Fulbright in China)
Geling Yan – The Banquet Bug
New Generation: Poems from China Today
Pearl Jacket and Other Stories: Flash Fiction from Contemporary China“
Many thanks to Craig and Henry, for sharing their reading lists with us. You can check out Henry’s poem “Question for a Painter” and Craig’s review of Skirt Full of Black in Issue 1 of Lantern Review.