Recommended Reading #8

  1. “What I Miss Most About Hell” by Eugenia Leigh
  2. “When I Was Straight” by Julie Marie Wade
  3. “American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin” by Terrance Hayes
  4. “Ellen West” by Frank Bidart
  5. “St Zelda’s” by Allison Pinkerton
  6. “Woman of the Century” by Claire Polders
  7. “The Falling” by Michael Schmeltzer
  8. “Saudade” by Traci Brimhall
  9. “Self-Portrait as Vessel for Debris” by Heather Cox
  10. “In Which Athena Designs a Video Game with the Express Purpose of Trolling Her Father” by Amber Sparks
  11. “Girl” by Alexander Chee
  12. Poetry, April 2018 issue

Recommended Reading #7

  1. “32 Names for Future Hybrid Tulips” by Traci Brimhall
  2. “Magic City Ruse” by Ariel Francisco
  3. “The Field of Rooms and Halls” by Richard Siken
  4. “Kitchen Coven” by Avra Elliott
  5. “Vows (for a gay wedding)” by Joseph O. Legaspi
  6. “Adolescence” by Nin Andrews
  7. “Sea Church” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  8. “Essay on Craft” by Ocean Vuong
  9. “Science and Magic: Wind in Seven Hayao Miyazaki Films” by J.D. Ho
  10. “Suicidal Ideation and Who We Allow to Be Real” by Joanna Valente
  11. “I Used to Be a Writer–Then I Got Sick” by Emma Smith-Stevens
  12. “Origin Myth” by Alfredo Aguilar
  13. “On Ekphrasis Using Video Games” by William Hoffacker
  14. “Stardew” by Melissa Goodrich

Recommended Reading #6

  1. Our Dead Behind Us by Audre Lorde
  2. “What Kind of Times Are These” by Adrienne Rich
  3. “Myth” by Muriel Rukeyser
  4. “Sewing Feathers” by Jennifer Givhan
  5. “Tangerine Trees & Little Bags of Sugar” by Su Cho
  6. “The Letter” by Mary Ruefle
  7. “Little Exercise” by Elizabeth Bishop
  8. “Postfeminism” by Brenda Shaughnessy
  9. “Echo” by Raymond Antrobus

Recommended Reading #5

  1. “The Third Stage” by Kendra Fortmeyer
  2. “Stepping Over My Shadow and Stepping Into Another” by Adam Clay
  3. “Dis Mem Ber” by Joyce Carol Oates, in Boulevard #94
  4. “We May Be Like Fish” by Anna Lea Jancewicz
  5. Issue #19 of the Adroit Journal
  6. Poetry, February 2017 issue
  7. The daily poetry found at the Rise Up Review, for these politically turbulent times
  8. Issue #6 of the Blueshift Journal
  9. Helen McClory’s TinyLetter, which features a weekly spotlight on overlooked books that deserve more love

Recommended Reading #1

I’ve decided to retire the Carousels on this blog and turn it into a regular Recommended Reading feature instead. These lists will include anything noteworthy I’ve been reading lately that I want to share with all of you. There’s just so much out there now, and sometimes it’s hard and very time-consuming to find the real gems. If you have anything you’d like to share yourself, you can always send me an email. I’m always looking.

So it begins:

  1. Quaint Magazine, Issue 4
  2. The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild,” Part 1 by Cat Valente (and Part 2)
  3. “Logic” by Richard Siken
  4. “Teach Me Something” by Amy Silverberg
  5. “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong” by Ocean Vuong
  6. “Eating the Bible” by Robert Vivian
  7. “This Was Ugly” by Lauren Gordon
  8. “Tonight, in Oakland” by Danez Smith