Book Acquired Recently: Martín Espada’s Floaters

Espada, Martín. Floaters: Poems. New York: W.W. Norton, 2021. I received Martín Espada’s new poetry collection in the mail yesterday and tore through it in two sittings. It is an excellent book that everyone should read. As with his previous work, it epitomizes what it means for a poet to be a prophet. His workContinue reading “Book Acquired Recently: Martín Espada’s Floaters”

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 aboutContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Enszer, Julie R., ed. Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker, 1974-1989. Dover, FL: A Midsummer Night’s Press/Sinister Wisdom, 2018. I deeply appreciate Lorde’s life writing and was thus excited to hear about this collection of her letters. Espada, Martín, Lauren Marie Schmidt, and J.D. Schraffenberger. The Necessary Poetics of Atheism: EssaysContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: Dove & Hudson Edition

Yesterday I made a trip to Dove & Hudson Old Books in Albany, one of my favorite bookstores and the best I’ve found in the state of New York other than the Strand. I only bought four books because I’ve been spending a lot on books lately, but there were a number of others thatContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Dove & Hudson Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Auden, W.H. Selected Poems. Ed. Edward Mendelson. 1979. New York: Vintage, 1989. I have been meaning to read Auden’s poetry for years now, and have often thought about buying a book of his, but for various reasons it didn’t happen. I found a used copy of his Selected Poems at Aaron’s Books in Lititz, Pennsylvania,Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

Ai. No Surrender. New York: Norton, 2010. Last Thursday I was grading some student essays about Martín Espada’s poetry reading on campus last month, and, as is often the case when reading student work, I was seized with an incredible desire to read literature (in this case poetry specifically) rather than reading writing about it.Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: Massachusetts Writers Edition

Espada, Martín. The Trouble Ball. 2011. New York: Norton, 2012. Espada gave a reading at my college this past Thursday, and I also had the privilege of having him speak in one of my classes. He is everything a writer should be: passionate, activist, happy to talk about his work, non-elitist. His poems are funContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Massachusetts Writers Edition”