Greetings! I hope that your 2011 has gotten off to a wonderful start and wish you joy and peace throughout the year to come!
As promised, here again are three short questions with three brief answers:
1) Have you read anything interesting lately? Yes, I have! Have I mentioned that I am a fantasy novel junkie? If you didn't know that about me, you should. It is a long-standing fact. I read The Chronicles of Narnia when I was in 5th grade and I haven't gotten off the magic-crack since. : ) I am a LOTR fan (books and movies) and a Harry Potter fan (books and most of the movies). Need I say that I am decidedly not a Twlight fan?? Ahem. Anyway, I read the genre as often as I can -- which is not often enough, thanks to work -- and with great enjoyment. But only every now and then does a book come along that actually rivals the early classics. Octavia Butler's novels (which are really sci-fi and/or spec-fic) are shining stars on my shelves and can stand up to the classics for sure. But many others are great reads, but . . . just entertaining. Well, a week ago, while on vacation with my family, I read a fantasy book that is soooo wonderfully written, so wonderfully told, so convincingly imagined, with such compelling characters and plot points, I could hardly bear to reach the conclusion. Thank goodness it is book one of a trilogy!!! It's called The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss, and it is Day One of The Kingkiller Chronicle. If I could eat it, I would eat it.
2) Reading anything else interesting? Yes, I am! I recently received a copy of a most cool book called The New Poetics. It is a send up / interrogation / exploration of the contemporary obsession with calling everything "The New _[Something]_." A smart, slowly funny book, indeed, written by Mathew Timmons and published by Les Figues Press out of L.A. It consists of an alphabetized, annotated, cross-referenced(-ish) list of things that are all "The New _[Something]_." Hilarious and pointed. If you read my previous blog, you will have already guess that I flipped immediately to the B's to see if a certain phrase was included. : ) It wasn't . . . but I wasn't sure whether to be relieved or disappointed!
3) Is there anything exciting happening in the poetry world? Yes, there is! A new poetics journal has entered the scene. It is called Evening Will Come, and it is edited by Joshua Marie Wilkinson. It will feature poets writing about poetry -- or, I should say, about Poetry. Not reviews of other poets' work, but meditations on their own predilections, obsessions, tendencies, biases. For those of you who feel overwhelmed by how much there is to read out there, this is the journal for you: a new issue appears on the 1st of each month, featuring one (count 'em, 1) essay on poetics. That's it. Read it and steep. Issue 1 features an essay by C. D. Wright. More goodness to come in February. I'm thrilled to be on board as a contributing editor. I'll do my best to post regular reminders here about newly released issues.
That's it for now!