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Books Acquired Recently: Poetry Edition

Keillor, Garrison, ed. Good Poems: American Places. 2011. New York: Penguin Books, 2012.

Kelly, Donika. Bestiary. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2016.

I have been feeling the need to read more poetry lately–it’s one way of coping with the horrible U.S. political situation–and was therefore glad that the poet Donika Kelly was giving a reading at my local Barnes & Noble this past Friday evening. It was exactly what a poetry reading should be: well-attended, with some good poetry delivered by a speaker who is engaging and realizes that making a connection with the audience through their commentary on the poems is just as important as the poems themselves. Kelly was clearly happy that there were a lot of students in attendance, and she did a good job trying to make her work accessible to them.

Before the reading, I did some browsing in the poetry section and came across Keillor’s book. I own and like the first in his series of anthologies, Good Poems, and was excited to find that there is a volume focused specifically on place, which is one of my research interests. I have read about a quarter of it this weekend and have not been disappointed.

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Books Acquired Recently

Keillor, Garrison. Liberty: A Novel of Lake Wobegon. New York: Viking, 2008.

I enjoy Keillor’s fiction and almost bought this book when it first came out. There have been a number of times in the intervening years when I wished I had bought it, and then yesterday I was browsing in the public library in Old Forge, New York, and they had a book sale of discarded volumes. Liberty was among them, and I purchased it for $1.00. So I was able to both get it for much cheaper than I would have in 2008 and support a good cause as well.

Lorde, Audre. The Cancer Journals. 1980. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1997.

I love Lorde’s autobiography Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, and have been wanting to read more of her nonfiction. The Cancer Journals recently came up in another book that I was reading and I decided it was time to acquire it. I purchased it from amazon.com.

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