“I feel indebted to these poems as I make my way through them”
I’ve been reading Anna Journey’s If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting, which is one of those collections I’ve been wanting to read for years, but have delayed getting to, which can lend any reading a certain sweetness—but this collection needs no help. I feel indebted to these poems as I make my way through them. Recently, I’ve also read Danez Smith’s luminous [Insert] Boy; Alison Prine’s Steel (forthcoming), a gorgeous and heartbreaking collection; and a chapbook by Christopher Shipman, called The Movie My Murderer Makes, which I read aloud, delighted, in one sitting.
“I’m mesmerized by imagination when captured by language that is itself surprising—but fully under control.”
Books I return to again and again include Sylvia Plath’s Crossing the Water, everything by Elizabeth Bishop, and Brigit Pegeen Kelly’s collection Song. I’m mesmerized by imagination when captured by language that is itself surprising—but fully under control. Brigit Pegeen Kelly’s work is singular to me.
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