Books Acquired Recently

Funk, Wes. Baggage. Regina: Benchmark, 2010.

I was very excited to be able to track down a copy of this rare book, which I found for sale on the Read Saskatchewan website. While all of Funk’s books are now technically out of print, his others are available as ebooks (which of course I eschew), so in a sense they are much less rare. I am happy to now have a complete set of Funk’s works.

Renker, Elizabeth. Poems: A Concise Anthology. Peterborough: Broadview, 2016.

I received an exam copy of this book from the publisher today. It looks like a very good teaching anthology because it includes poems from different time periods and cultures, and while nearly all of the poets included are canonical, some of the selections of individual poems are not. The book holds more than one could ever teach in a semester (it’s 789 pages, which believe it or not is actually fairly “concise” for a teaching anthology), but it is the kind of book that would be lovely for a student to keep on their shelf and dip into over the years. I hope I get a chance to teach a course where it would be appropriate to use sometime.

 

Published by danielshankcruz

I grew up in New York City and lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Goshen, Indiana; DeKalb, Illinois; and Salt Lake City, Utah before coming to Utica, New York. My mother’s family is Swiss-German Mennonite (i.e., it’s an ethnicity, not necessarily a theological persuasion) and my father’s family is Puerto Rican. I have a Ph.D. in English and currently teach at Utica College. I have also taught at Northern Illinois University and Westminster College in Salt Lake City. My teaching and scholarship are motivated by a passion for social justice, which is why my research focuses on the literature of oppressed groups, especially LGBT persons and people of color. While I primarily read and write about fiction, I am also a devoted reader of poetry because, as William Carlos Williams writes, “It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet [people] die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there.” Thinkers who influence me include Marina Abramovic, Kathy Acker, Di Brandt, Ana Castillo, Samuel R. Delany, Percival Everett, Essex Hemphill, Jane Jacobs, Walt Whitman, and the New York School of poets. I am also fond of queer Mennonite writers such as Stephen Beachy, Jan Guenther Braun, Lynnette Dueck/D’anna, and Casey Plett. In my free time I’m either reading, writing the occasional poem, playing board games (especially Scrabble, backgammon, and chess), watching sports (Let’s Go, Mets!), or cooking (curries, stews, roasts…).

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