April Reading List

This is very, very late, so I’m just going to post it.

“To Bed,” by Rita Dove
Common Things,” by Paul Laurence Dunbar
All the poems in my Game Day and end of the year/graduation playlists
Spring is like a perhaps hand,” by e.e. cummings
“Turning into Dwelling,” by Christopher Gilbert
The Journey,” by Mary Oliver (probably my favorite poem I’ve read recently)
Renascence,” by Edna St. Vincent Millay (read the Wikipedia page about this poem! What a scandal!!)
soil,” by Irene P. Mathieu
Her Kind,” by Anne Sexton
Fannie Lou Hamer,” by Kamilah Aisha Moon
Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi
“Infirm,” by Gwendolyn Brooks
The House,” by Warsan Shire
Question,” by May Swenson
Ode to the Cat,” by Pablo Neruda
When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be,” by John Keats
Elegy for Whatever Had a Pattern In It,” by Larry Levis
A Cigarette,” by Ilya Kaminsky
Knowledge,” by Kim Addonizio
Today I Was So Happy, So I Made This Poem,” by James Wright
Motherhood,” by Rita Dove
Reverie in Open Air,” by Rita Dove
Lamentations,” by Rita Dove
The United States Welcomes You,” by Tracy K. Smith
A Lemon,” by Pablo Neruda
“Swing,” by Kevin Young
Faggot Poetics,” by Cameron Awkward-Rich
For the Dogs Who Barked at Me on the Sidewalks in Connecticut,” by Hanif Abdurraqib
the times,” by Lucille Clifton
Betrothed,” by Jack Gilbert
June,” by Alex Dimitrov
Becoming a Horse,” by Ross Gay
P.S.,” by Franz Wright
Miracle Removal,” by Kevin Young
What We Were Promised, by Lucy Tan
Dogs Go Wolf,” by Lauren Groff

One of the things I do appreciate about making these monthly reading lists is that it propels me to go back and revisit a lot of the poems I’ve read. When I’m finding the hyperlinks, I’ll often reread the poem entirely, or at least refresh my memory of what it was called. (Although it’s true that one of these linked pieces is a short story—I’ll let you figure out which one by reading them all!) (Just kidding, it’s “Dogs Go Wolf”.)

That’s about it, I’m going to keep this post short because I’m in the middle of Madeline Miller’s Circe right now and I can’t wait to get back to it!! (I seriously can’t remember the last time I identified so much with a main character, Circe is the bomb.) I’ll let you all know what I think once I finish it. Happy May!

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