Regular readers of this blog will know I first consider myself to be a poet but I also LOVE non-fiction. I wish I was taking this class that Melanie Faith is teaching online this summer. I have worked with Melanie on my own poetry and non-fiction so this class comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me. Starts June 25th and you can still sign up!
Now, moving on to fiction even though I’ve probably been saying too much about PANK magazine lately so I am limiting myself to one link in this post. Enjoy.
I have a few shameless shout outs for myself. First, is a review of Paper House in the online journal Prick of the Spindle. And then Folded Word put up a new interview about my book touring habits. But, finally, I also have a guest blog that I wrote about Poetry and Comics for another online journal Splinter Generation.
In print I finished the chapbook CASA MARINA by Candace Black. This 2009 Winner of the Ropewalk chapbook prize is the perfect example of what a chapbook should be. It is printed on beautiful paper with a simple cover art and design. The poems inside link well together without being heavy handed. One of my favorite poems was “The Jewish Cemetery” where Black writes, “The dead end of our longing / made it all the sweeter, the sad / / knowledge of one commandment / we’d have to honor.”
If you don’t already have enough to read. I read some more good stuff this week through my lovely blog reader which is now down into the 80′s YES! First up is a story over at Girls with Insurance and this next one is a poem in JUKED. I really need to get around to submitting something to Juked.
Outside of reading, I have been watching some TV at night but not my normal TV. No, we are enjoying the switch to Netflix streaming and disks and the move away from having a dish. Still haven’t canceled the dish yet but think we are very close to doing so. I finished the first season of WEEDS which was pretty good and have enjoyed documentaries like “What Would Jesus Buy?” but less enjoyed “Princess” a Danish animated film that is for mature audiences only and was ok but I felt the ending was a bit odd. I also tried to watch “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” because I like Jim from The Office but, like the book of the same title, I was underwhelmed. I finished the book but did not finish the movie.
I was getting fairly caught up on reading and watching things but just received a bunch of items for potential review and all the new stuff in my Netflix queue! I might soon need a vacation from anything involving words