Books Acquired Recently: Mostly Seanan McGuire Edition

Glück, Louise. American Originality: Essays on Poetry. 2017. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2018.

I was very excited to have a poet win the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. I am not very familiar with Glück’s work, so I decided to buy a book of hers. While researching her work to decide what to buy, American Originality stood out. It came in the mail today.

Mason, Scott, ed. Gratitude in the Time of COVID-19: The Haiku Hecameron. Chappaqua, NY: Girasole Press, 2020.

Literature, and especially poetry, has been helping me survive the pandemic, and I am obsessed with work that is being produced about it as it happens. I recently received a notice about this pandemic-related haiku anthology (which is beautifully printed despite the rapidity of its production), and bought it immediately.

McGuire, Seanan. Beneath the Sugar Sky. New York: Tor, 2018.

—. Come Tumbling Down. New York: Tor, 2019.

—. Down Among the Sticks and Bones. New York: Tor, 2017.

—. In An Absent Dream. New York: Tor, 2019.

I recently taught the first book of McGuire’s Wayward Children series, Every Heart a Doorway, for the third or fourth time, and decided that it was finally time for me to read the rest of the series. I appreciate the way McGuire writes the queer characters in the first book, and look forward to seeing how she does so in the rest of the series.

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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