Books Acquired Recently

Corral, Eduardo C. Slow Lightning. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.

I was browsing at the Colgate University bookstore the other day as something to do while my partner was at a doctor’s appointment when I came across this poetry collection. I haven’t read any of Corral’s work before but have heard good things about it from my colleagues, so I decided to buy his book.

Espada, Martín. Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. 2016. New York: W.W. Norton, 2017.

I love Espada’s work and decided to buy this poetry collection because I have been writing about Walt Whitman lately and I know that Espada is also a big Whitman fan, as can be seen via the choice of the title for his book. I am about half way through it, and while it is mostly not about Whitman, it is quite enjoyable thus far.

Varghese, Ricky, ed. Raw: PrEP, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Barebacking. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press, 2019.

Tim Dean’s 2009 book Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking is one of the best scholarly texts I’ve ever read. I bought it at the 2011 MLA convention and it has played a significant role about my thinking on sexual risk ever since. I was thus tremendously excited to hear about Varghese’s collection, which is a collection of essays examining the legacy of Dean’s book on its tenth anniversary.

 

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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