Writing Activity, January 2021

When I was on sabbatical in the first half of 2020 (which feels like “a million centuries ago,” to borrow a phrase from Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, an apt title for our present times), I kept a monthly list of what I accomplished. In the new year, I’ve decided to do something similar withContinue reading “Writing Activity, January 2021”

Books Acquired Recently

Baker Swann, Julia. The Moon is Always Whole. Telford, PA: DreamSeeker Books, 2020. Baker Swann is a Mennonite writer whom I have gotten to know via several Mennonite writing events over the past few years. I am very excited that her first poetry collection has just been published. Smith, Zadie. Intimations: Six Essays. New York:Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently

This is the rare Books Acquired Recently post where none of the books are queer or Mennonite 😮 Laymon, Kiese. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays. Rev. ed. New York: Scribner, 2020. I love Laymon’s memoir Heavy, and thus have been meaning to get to this collection of essays, which wasContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: Just in Case Edition

I recently panic-ordered a bunch of books (several that have recently come out, several that have been on my list for a while) that might get censored if the Orange One stays in power, which thankfully looks like won’t happen! But it’s still necessary to read narratives by marginalized voices as an act of resistanceContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Just in Case Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Dávila, Arlene. Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and Politics. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020. I have enjoyed some of Dávila’s previous work in Latinx Studies, and know very little about Latinx art, so decided to buy this book to educate myself further. Muñoz, José Esteban. The Sense of Brown. Edited by Joshua Chambers-Letson and TaviaContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: Mennonite Edition

Neufeldt, Leonard. Yarrow: Poems. Windsor, ON: Black Moss Press, 1993. I bought this book because I’ve been doing some writing about Mennonite poet Di Brandt, and the collection has a poem dedicated to her (“The Tree with a Hole in Our Front Yard”) that I wanted to reference. I read this poem twenty years agoContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Mennonite Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Friesen, Patrick. Outlasting the Weather: Selected and New Poems 1994-2020. Vancouver: Anvil Press, 2020. As I just wrote here, Patrick Friesen is one of the most important Mennonite writers ever. It is therefore very exciting that his second volume of Selected Poems is now out. Lisicky, Paul. Later: My Life at the Edge of theContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently”

Books Acquired Recently: Marje A. Dyck Edition

Dyck, Marje A. A Piece of the Moon. Saskatoon: Calisto Press, 2005. —. Still Blue Water: Collected Tanka. Saskatoon: Calisto Press, 2012. Recently, while reading Terry Ann Carter’s Haiku in Canada, I came across some poems by Marje A. Dyck. My immediate thought was “Dyck is a Mennonite name! I wonder if she’s Mennonite?” IContinue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Marje A. Dyck Edition”

Books Acquired Recently: Poetry Edition

Kauffman, Janet. Eco-dementia. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2017. Kauffman was one of the first major Mennonite writers in the U.S., and I have deeply appreciated her work since first encountering it in college. I was unaware of this collection of hers until a colleague mentioned it recently. Swede, George, and Terry Ann Carter, eds.Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently: Poetry Edition”

Books Acquired Recently

Ashbery, John. A Wave: Poems. New York: Viking Press, 1984. I have been reading lots of haiku lately, and I also love the New York School of poets, so when I heard about this collection in which Ashbery includes haiku and haibun (a related form that combines prose with haiku), I decided to order it.Continue reading “Books Acquired Recently”