February Reading List

Every month, I make myself a playlist to correspond and use it as a receptacle for all the songs I find and/or revisit that month that I think are good. In typical twentysomething Spotify fashion, I’ve been titling the playlists with the name of the month (in all lowercase, too—I’m like THAT!), but I’ve also been tacking on a word or phrase that’s writing related. Weirdly enough, the word usually does end up corresponding to the vibe of the month in some way. For instance, I called my October playlist “submissions deadline,” and then October actually got really stressful with deadlines. I’ve been trying to veer toward more positive and/or neutral titles since then.

Anyway, I started the March one today (so far it’s just Destiny’s Child), and I’m calling it “outlining.” It’s the first of the month, and I’d really like to get my life together for March. I’m going to try out V.E. Schwab‘s habit tracker thing because she makes it look SO COOL, and I’m going to make some headway in terms of figuring out what I want to do this summer.

(While we’re on the subject of things I may or may not be going to do, I mentioned in my previous post that I was going to try to go to AWP, which is happening next week. Unfortunately I had to get some car repairs done and the AWP horizon is no longer looking super bright in a financial sense. BUT it’s all good because I should still be able to get the student price next year, so hopefully I’ll be able to make it to that one! I just thought I ought to tie up that loose end for continuity’s sake. But anyway, if anyone who’s reading this post is going, I hope you have a great time!!)

One thing I AM doing is posting my reading list on the actual first of the month this time. So, without further ado:

Lament for the Makers,” by Frank Bidart
Giammi Non Mi Conforto” // “Never Again that Comfort for Me,” by Rinaldo d’Aquino (a poem from the Crusades that’s written like some folk song)
Persephone, Falling,” by Rita Dove
The Tiger,” by Nael, age 6
Love Poem in the Time of Climate Change (Sonnet XVII),” by Craig Santos Perez
The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” by Flannery O’Connor
Lines written at Castle Island, Lake Superior,” by Jane Johnston Schoolcraft
One Side of an Interview with the Ghost of Marvin Gaye,” by Hanif Abdurraqib
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth,” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Kill Me Now, by Timmy Reed (which I reviewed for The Michigan Daily here)
The Vulture interview with Quincy Jones
Ghazal,” by Larry Levis
Everyone Was in Love,” by Galway Kinnell
“Ancestors,” by Kiki Petrosino
“The Spirit Neither Sorts nor Separates,” by Linda Gregg
“I—Towards a Definition,” by Alice Notley
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
To the Pine Tree,” by Jane Johnston Schoolcraft
“On Doric Rock, Lake Superior,” by Jane Johnston Schoolcraft
I Don’t Miss It,” by Tracy K. Smith
Invocation,” by Jane Johnston Schoolcraft
These love poems for Valentine’s Day (I’m actually pretty happy with this column)
runaway,” by Dean Symmonds
On the Most Terrifying Character in the Wizard of Oz,” by Amy Woolard
Dogs in Love,” by Ali Shapiro
On Sufferance,” by Lydia Davis
The Opposites Game,” by Brendan Constantine
The Promise,” by Marie Howe
The Author Explains good kid, m.A.A.d City To His White Friend While Driving Through Southeast Ohio,” by Hanif Abdurraqib
Evangeline, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A Scientific Analysis of Disney Movie Sidekicks Through The Lens Of Hip Hop,” by Hanif Abdurraqib
On College,” by Hanif Abdurraqib
To the Woman Crying Uncontrollably in the Next Stall,” by Kim Addonizio
All You Zombies,” by Robert A. Heinlein
“Portrait of My Father, Alive,” by Fatimah Asghar
2019,” by Rickey Laurentiis
You’re really faithful to your abusers, aren’t you?” by Samiya Bashir
Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience,” by Rebecca Roanhorse
Concerning That Prayer I Cannot Make,” by Jane Mead
The Slave Mother,” by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Eliza Harris,” by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Ruth and Naomi,” by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in],” by e.e. cummings
Sonnet II,” by Pablo Neruda
Apology for My Son Who Stops to Ask About His Mother Once More,” by Blas Falconer
Hum of the Machine God,” by Jamaal May
What Would I Do White,” by June Jordan
After Years,” by Ted Kooser
The Poem Climbs the Scaffold and Tells You What It Sees,” by Natasha Oladokun
“Callus,” by Mario Chard

Wow! Hyperlinks galore!!! Am I really trying to share things with people, or am I just trying to feel cool and prove I’m a WordPress expert? The world may never know. Anyway, in the time it took for me to find all those links, I listened to the entire Destiny’s Child #1’s compilation album. Not that that’s a net loss or anything.

I don’t think I have any other writing-related updates, other than that I’m home for spring break right now and getting a lot done!! This morning I sat down to take care of some submissions/housekeeping stuff, and it’s all rainy and I’m sitting here with some hot tea in a mug my friend Charlotte gave me that says “WRITE LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER”. What a #classic scene. I’m too lazy to Instagram it, I guess, so I’m just writing it down here.

Now all I’ve got to do is finish up a chapter and get myself outside!! I bet I can convince myself that the rain actually makes running more fun. Happy March, everybody!


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