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With an Agenda
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I don’t usually have a real agenda for my reading, unless there are certain texts assigned for work. For the most part, I just make my way through my books (several at a time) as I feel like it.
Last year, I signed up over at the Fill in the Gaps blog to join other bloggers in reading 100 books by the end of 2015 (each reading his or her own list). These books will be for the “gaps” between my regular reading schedule. I like the idea, and so far have enjoyed the experience of sticking with a loose idea of things I’d like to finish reading in the near future, but without having a precise schedule for when to read each title. I decided I might like to put together a list of things that I am wanting to read in 2010, focusing on books that are geared to help me become a better writer (specifically, a better writer of speculative poetry).
Some of the titles are on my Fill in the Gaps list. I only put here those I plan to get to them this year, and of those that I intend to tackle in 2010, I only included those that are focused on helping make me a better speculative poet.
So, here are some of the things I aim to be reading over the next year. (It looks like a lot, but remember that poetry collections are often very short volumes.)
Attack of the Two-Headed Poetry Monster – Mark McLaughlin and Michael McCarty
The Other Side of the Lens – G. O. Clark
Strange Vegetables – G. O. Clark
North Left of Earth – Bruce Boston
Double Vision – Bruce Boston
Sensuous Debris – Bruce Boston
Intrinsic Night – J. E. Stanley and Joshua Gage
Twigs and Knucklebones – Sarah Lindsay
Genesis, an epic poem – Frederick Turner
Renascence and Other Poems – Edna St. Vincent Millay
In the Yaddith Time – Ann K. Schwader
The Book of Styx – Eddy Styx
Barrow – Bryan Thao Warro
You Are Here and Other Poems – Gene Van Troyer
Ossuary – JoSelle Vanderhooft
Phantasmagoria and other poems – Lewis Carroll
Collections by the following poets (not yet sure which collection I’ll tackle for each)
W. B. Yeats
T. S. Eliot
The Rhysling Anthology (upcoming)
Modern Japanese Tanka
….along with a big stack of back issues of various poetry magazines
Science and Poetry – Mary Midgley
The Practice of Poetry – Robin Behn
Poetics – Aristotle
Relativity – Albert Einstein
The Book of the Dead – E. A. Wallis, ed.
Simians, Cyborgs, and Women – Donna J. Haraway
Le Morte D’Arthur – Sir Thomas Malory
Looking Backward – Edward Bellamy
A Descent into the Maelstrom – Edgar Allan Poe
Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde
Voices – Ursula LeGuin
The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights – James Knowles
….and something by George MacDonald and J Alan Erwine
(that’s two different works, not a collaboration — unless J has some skills in
necromancy that I don’t know about, in which case I will definitely read the
I’m very sure the list will be modified as I go, but for now, this is what I want to aim at for 2010. It’ll be fun to look back next January and see how many changes have been made.
© 2010 Shelly Bryant