Books Acquired Recently

I’ve picked up books here and there over the past week and a half, the way it goes when leading a literary life.

Broder, Melissa. Last Sext. Portland, OR: Tin House Books, 2016.

I recently read Broder’s amazing novel The Pisces. The About the Author statement mentioned that Broder has published four poetry collections. When I came across Last Sext, her most recent collection, while browsing the poetry section at the Barnes & Noble in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, last weekend, I decided to buy it to see whether her poetry is as good as her fiction. I finished the book yesterday and will say that it is worth reading even though it is not nearly as transcendent as the novel.

Dentz, Shira. Black Seeds on a White Dish. Exeter, UK: Shearsman Books, 2010.

Dentz gave an enjoyable poetry reading at Utica College two Wednesdays ago. I bought this, her first collection, there.

Elliot, Stephen. The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2009.

One of my colleagues gave me her extra copy of this book because I am working on a memoir-ish project and she thought it would be helpful.

Washuta, Elissa. My Body is a Book of Rules. Pasadena, CA: Red Hen Press, 2014.

This is another memoir recommended to me by my above-mentioned colleague. It looked interesting enough that I decided to purchase my own copy. I got it online from Powell’s Books in Portland.

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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