Books Acquired Recently

Mierau, Maurice. How Mind and Body Move: The Poetry of Patrick Friesen. Victoria, BC: Frog Hollow Press, 2018.

I recently encountered a citation of this book in Magdalene Redekop’s Making Believe and ordered it immediately. According to the book’s “Colophon,” it was “published in a limited edition of 100 copies,” so I am glad that there was still one left for me because Friesen is one of the foundational figures of Mennonite poetry and I have long enjoyed his work. My copy is numbered 86.

Rosaldo, Renato. The Chasers. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019.

I received a promotional email about this book of poetry when it was published, and it sounded fascinating, so I kept it in mind. I ordered it last month during Duke University Press’s 50% off sale and it came a few days ago.

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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