Entries in Summer Reading Challenge (5)
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 4:23PM
About half way through Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See. I'm really taken by his character Marie-Laure, who is blind, but whose sections are rich with description. Another from the voice of the minotaur:
Monday, July 6, 2015 at 7:00PM
I took a short break from writing and reading because the kids were out of their camps and daycare. I've started two new books--River of Shadow: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by (whom I adore) and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (whose first collection The Shell Collector was introduced to me by Papatya Bucak and whom I also adore).
I've only got a response to the Solnit book which is a fascinating look at Eadweard Muybridge, inventor and father of film.
I've been working on a sequence of ekphrastic poems and this small bit of what will be a longer poem is, in my mind, a spinal poem for a manuscript in progress.
Yes, it's not done and it's flat, but it's a draft . . . (stop apologizing Oliver). It's based on this photograph:
Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 5:44PM
Like the previous entry, this is also a response to Beth Bachmann's Do Not Rise. Only the draft I present here is actually my second attempt at the same poem.
Here's the problem when you write and compose directly on the laptop--programs crash. Sometimes programs crash while you're writing. Sometimes they crash when you haven't saved your work. This was what happened to me this afternoon--I had typed a poem which was roughly sonnet-sized. I was trying to save it. The program crashed. The first draft of the poem is gone. There's a lesson in all of this: SAVE YOUR WORK WHILE YOU'RE WRITING.
Anyway, here's the second response to Beth's work. I responded to lines from her poem "sustainable."
And, by the way, the titles are just placeholdrs--I'm trying to force a secondary sequence into a current manuscript and using titles as a means to pry entry into that manuscript. It may or may not work.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 4:23PM
I hope you are all having fun with the reading challenge. So far I've managed to read two of the books on my list: Beth Bachmann's Do Not Rise and Nick Flynn's My Feelings. I'm in the midst of juggling two books, but I'll mention those once I get through 'em.
One of the challenges I added for this Summer Reading List is a response in writing. It's to keep you accountable. I know I need to be held accountable. Anyway, here's my response to Beth Bachmann. I borrowed a line, but then it ended up being the image of the bloodshot eye after revision from her poem "bright one."
I'll be back tomorrow with more writing and more responses, but for now, here's the poem:
Monday, June 1, 2015 at 11:52PM
Summer Reading Challenge Rules:
1) Pick 15 books that you would like to finish this summer--any genre, any size. This list doesn't have to be at 15 right from the start. It will grow as the summer continues.
2) Of the 15 books, designate 3 that you recommend to co-participants. (After you've read them, of course).
3) Of the 15 books, 3 of the books must be from recommendations by other participants.
4) Post your 15 book list somewhere with a link so that co-participants can link you on their webpages, tumblr pages, or blogs.
5) Hold yourself accountable by posting commentary about a book you've just read. Commentary can also take the form of something creative or artistic.
6) The Challenge Ends August 31st. Have fun.
My list (so far):
1. All Aunt Hagar's Children--Edward P. Jones
2. All the Light We Cannot See--Anthony Doerr
3. Bluets--Maggie Nelson
4. If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?--Matthea Harvey
5. Ending in Planes--Ruth Kocher
6. On Looking--Lia Purpura
7. Yearling--Lo Kwa Mei-En
8. My Feelings--Nick Flynn
9. Voicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920's to the Present--Lesley Wheeler
10. Lighting the Shadow--Rachel Eliza Griffiths
11. The Americans--David Roderick
12. Open Secrets--Alice Munro
13. Do Not Rise--Beth Bachmann
14. River of Shadows--Rebecca Solnit
15. Demons in the Spring--Joe Meno