Books Acquired Recently

Bennett, Jane. Influx and Efflux: Writing Up with Walt Whitman. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020.

I received a promotional email for this book and ordered it because I love Whitman and the book sounded fascinating. The publisher labels it as “Political Theory” on the back cover, but the Library of Congress subject headings all relate to literature, so it promises to be an interesting hybrid.

Dueck, Cameron. Menno Moto: A Journey Across the Americas in Search of My Mennonite Identity. Windsor, ON: Biblioasis, 2020.

I like road trip narratives and Mennonite narratives, so I pre-ordered this book when I heard about it a few months ago, and it came this week.

Kaplan, Stuart R., et al. Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story. Stamford, CT: U.S. Games Systems, 2018.

As I’ve continued my explorations of the tarot over the past year, I’ve become more and more interested by the art of different decks. I’ve been reading some about the traditional Rider-Waite deck recently and decided to learn more about its artist, Pamela Colman Smith, and thus bought this book.

Rosenstock, Gabriel. Haiku Enlightenment. Expanded ed. N.p.: Poetry Chaikhana, 2019.

I recently read a review of this book in Frogpond and decided to order it because I am interested in the spiritual aspects of haiku alongside its literary aspects.

 

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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