What We’re Reading

This is what we’re reading. Including you.

swivel #2

How excited was I when I saw the new Swivel was on the shelves at newsstands in Seattle? Pretty excited. I reviewed the first issue for February's Book Rate, so I will just add that the second issue is as good, as smart, and as entertaining as the first. It's based here in Seattle, and …

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Tu Fu and me

I've been reading and teaching poetry for the past three weeks. Kenneth Rexroth's 100 Poems From The Chinese has just about the most kickass translations of Tu Fu anywhere. After you start reading those poems, you start living them. No kidding. I was driving along listening to the NPR fund drive and drinking a tall …

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angie’s favorite first lines

Why does it have to be fiction? Poetry:Ginsburg's Howl"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed bymadness, starving hysterical naked," Whitman's Leaves of Grass"I celebrate myself,And what I assume you shall assume,For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you." Sharon Olds's Satan Says(the whole first poem kicks ass) Memoir:Maya Angelou's I …

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