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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.

Carl-Klassen, Abigail. Ain’t Country Like You. Maywood, NJ: Digging Press, 2020.

Carl-Klassen is an important member of the younger generation of Mennonite poets and also a friend. I am super-excited to have received a copy of her new collection in the mail today! The book’s cover is beautiful.

Crispin, Jessa. The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life. New York: Touchstone, 2016.

As I’ve been reading about the tarot over the past year I’ve become more and more interested in its connections to storytelling and literature. I recently came across a review of Crispin’s book, which discusses using tarot to help inspire one’s creative process and thus relates to these connections. Therefore, I decided to check it out for myself.

Kasdorf, Julia Spicher, Christopher Reed, and Joyce Henri Robinson, eds. Field Language: The Painting and Poetry of Warren and Jane Rohrer. University Park, PA: Palmer Museum of Art, 2020.

This is the exhibition book for a retrospective exhibition of Warren Rohrer’s paintings and Jane Rohrer’s poetry that was supposed to happen this past spring, but has been rescheduled for 2021. Happily, though, the book itself is now available. It’s a beautiful volume with lots of painting reproductions as well as a selection of Rohrer’s poems. The list of essayists also looks enticing.

Ross, Bruce, Kōko Katō, Dietmar Tauchner, and Patricia Prime, eds. A Vast Sky: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku. Bangor, ME: Tancho Press, 2015.

I recently came across a citation of this anthology in another haiku anthology. Its global scope sounds fascinating, so I decided to buy it.

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Cicero, Chic, and Sandra Tabatha Cicero. Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot: Keys to the Rituals, Symbolism, Magic and Divination. 2nd ed. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2019.

I recently read Rachel Pollack’s book Tarot Wisdom, which included reproductions of the Golden Dawn deck that comes with Cicero and Cicero’s book. I loved the deck’s imagery and wanted a copy for myself.

Clark, Marcia Kauffman. The Carol of Christmas: Life Story of Christmas Carol Kauffman. Honeoye Falls, NY: Digital Legend Press, 2008.

Christmas Carol Kauffman was a prolific Mennonite writer in the mid-twentieth century. I’ve heard my mother and her siblings talk about reading her work when they were growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. Kauffman is an underexplored figure in the field of Mennonite literature, presumably because her work is didactic, so I don’t know much about her. I’m excited to read this biography by her daughter to learn more.

Rivera, Gabby. Juliet Takes a Breath. New York: Dial Books, 2019.

I love this novel. It’s about a queer Puerto Rican from the Bronx like me, but it’s also a wonderful story about the power of books to change people’s lives. It was first published in 2016 in paperback by Riverdale Avenue Books and then went out of print, and I am glad that a large publisher has given it a home in hardcover. The original publication is not mentioned anywhere in this volume’s paratext, so I do not know if it is a revised version or if it is simply reprinted. The book itself is beautiful, with endpapers dedicated to the Bronx and to Portland, Oregon, the book’s two locales, so kudos to Dial’s designers.

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Garcia, Benjamin. Thrown in the Throat. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2020.

I am acquainted with Garcia, and pre-ordered a copy of this, his first poetry collection, a few months ago. It came in the mail this week. I started reading it immediately and it is excellent so far. It is unabashedly queer and Latinx, with a variety of styles that keeps readers on our toes.

Stansberry, Matt, and David Wilson. Rust Belt Arcana: Tarot and Natural History in the Exurban Wilds. Cleveland: Belt Publishing, 2018.

A friend who knows that I lived in the Midwest for a while and that I have been exploring tarot lately heard about this book and recommended it to me. It seems to be a book of personal essays connecting tarot to the Midwestern landscape. Place is also one of my scholarly interests, so I’m very excited to read the book.

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Books Acquired Recently: Tarot Edition

Pollack, Rachel. Rachel Pollack’s Tarot Wisdom: Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2008.

I read Pollack’s classic Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom last week and profoundly enjoyed it, so I decided to get another one of her books.

Robinson, Dawn G. Pamela Colman Smith, Tarot Artist: The Pious Pixie. Stroud, UK: Fonthill Media, 2020.

Part of my recent tarot exploration has involved an emphasis on different cards’ designs. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom is especially good on this subject. Smith designed the famous Rider-Waite deck and had a fascinating life that I am interested in learning more about.

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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.

 

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Metres, Philip. Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront Since 1941. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2007.

I’ve been reading a lot about poetry’s role in society lately because of the pandemic and came across a citation of this book, which looks fascinating, so I decided to buy it.

Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Tarot Journey to Self-Awareness. Newburyport, MA: Weiser Books, 2019.

I received this and Warner’s book as anniversary gifts from my partner. I’ve read some of Pollack’s tarot poetry and enjoyed it, so I look forward to reading her classic volume about interpreting the cards.

Swarstad Johnson, Julie. Orchard Light: Poems. Lewisburg, PA: Seven Kitchens Press, 2020.

I first encountered Swarstad Johnson’s poetry earlier this year at the Mennonite Arts Festival and became an immediate fan of it. I bought this chapbook as soon as it was released.

Warner, Andrea. Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography. Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2018.

I had not heard of Sainte-Marie before receiving this book, but the dust jacket makes her sound quite interesting, and I look forward to learning more about her.

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Lerner, Ben. The Hatred of Poetry. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role of literature in apocalyptic times such as these. Reading poetry on a daily basis is helping me to survive emotionally. Therefore, I’ve been looking for texts related to this subject, and decided it was time to read Lerner’s book, which I’ve known about for a while but which had not previously appealed to me.

Machado, Carmen Maria, ed. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019. Boston: Mariner Books, 2019.

I bought this book because Sofia Samatar has a story in it (Mennonite writers represent!), but I also like a number of other authors who are included, and I love Machado’s work, so I am excited to see what her editorial taste is like.

Tea, Michelle. Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions, & Criticisms. New York: Feminist Press, 2018.

I enjoy Tea’s work (especially Modern Tarot, which I read every morning), and I’ve been writing more creative nonfiction lately, so I decided that it would be a good idea to read her book about the genre.

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Morris, Marla, Mary Aswell Doll, and William F. Pinar, eds. How We Work. New York: Peter Lang, 1999.

This is a collection of essays by writers in a number of different fields about their writing processes. One of my goals during my sabbatical has been to read a lot about writing in order to improve my own and to think about where I want my writing to go in the future. I saw a citation for this book and thought it would be helpful for this goal, and I found a new, inexpensive copy for sale, so I decided to buy it.

Pollack, Rachel. Fortune’s Lover: A Book of Tarot Poems. New York: A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2009.

Tarot has become a daily part of my life this year, and poetry is also a daily part of my life, so I was excited to hear about this collection that combines the two. I ordered it several months ago and was told it would be delayed due to the pandemic. It arrived today from Spain (which is where it was printed)! An enjoyable surprise.

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Books Acquired Recently: Birthday Gift Edition

I turned 40 yesterday (a wonderful day despite its apocalyptic setting), and received a handful of books as gifts, which is nice considering the current importance of staying isolated. All except for Tarot for Self-Care (at least as far as I know) are by queer authors, and it was given to me by someone who is queer, so overall this post records a queer literary bonanza!

Castillo, Marcelo Hernandez. Cenzontle: Poems. Rochester, NY: BOA Editions, 2018.

Harrington, Lee. Sacred Kink: The Eightfold Paths of BDSM and Beyond. Anchorage, AK: Mystic Productions Press, 2009.

Hicks, Faylita. HoodWitch: Poems. Cincinnati: Acre Books, 2019.

Siegel, Minerva. Tarot for Self-Care: How to Use Tarot to Manifest Your Best Self. New York: Adams Media, 2019.

Taylor, Brandon. Real Life. New York: Riverhead Books, 2020.

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Jones, Feminista. Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World From the Tweets to the Streets. Boston: Beacon Press, 2019.

I received an email about this book from the publisher and ordered an exam copy because it looks like it might be appropriate for several of my courses.

Snow, Cassandra. Queering the Tarot. Newburyport, MA: Weiser Books, 2019.

I heard about this book several months ago when I was beginning my tarot explorations and pre-ordered it immediately on amazon.com. It came out this week.

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