Bookish Links — May 2018

“In Brodsky’s view, politics was one level of human existence, but it was a low rung. The business of poetry, he thought, is to ‘indicate something more … the size of the whole ladder.’ He held that ‘art is not a better, but an alternative existence … not an attempt to escape reality but theContinue reading “Bookish Links — May 2018”

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Favorite Books of 2017

This post contains affiliate links. As we near the end of 2017, I thought I’d take this Wednesday to look back over a few of the books that I especially loved this year. Just like last year, I’ll be choosing one work from each of the four main genres. Favorite Fiction This year’s big fictionContinue reading “Favorite Books of 2017”

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Book Review: Dancing in Odessa by Ilya Kaminsky

Year of Publication: 2004 Number of Pages: 56 Publisher: Tupelo Press Genre: Poetry Note: this post contains an affiliate link. The first thing to strike me about Ilya Kaminsky: that he could be so well-known after publishing only one book. Dancing in Odessa is Kaminsky’s first and, to date, only full-length poetry collection, with hisContinue reading “Book Review: Dancing in Odessa by Ilya Kaminsky”

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The Best Books I’ve Read in the Last Year

This list started with a question asked on Twitter: Best book you've read in the last 12 months – ready, go. — Barnabas Piper (@BarnabasPiper) July 28, 2017 I chimed in with my response, but today, I thought I’d elaborate on the answers I gave. And because I found it too hard to pick onlyContinue reading “The Best Books I’ve Read in the Last Year”

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A Few Words about First Lines: Poetry Edition

As promised, here’s the companion to my post on opening lines, this time turning the focus to poetry. John Donne, “The Canonization” For God’s sake, hold your tongue and let me love, Come on, who (besides Samuel Johnson) doesn’t love a beginning like that? It’s short and snappy, it’s to-the-point, and it brings that immediacyContinue reading “A Few Words about First Lines: Poetry Edition”

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