where the writers are

Favorite Books

The Bible
The Tao te Ching
Novels: "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison; "The Idiot" by Dostoevsky; everything by Willa Cather; "Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser; "The English Patient" by Michael Ondaatje. Mostly literature written before 1950.
Non-fiction: some of my favorite writers are non-fiction writers such as John McPhee, Robert Kaplan, Annie Dillaird ("Pilgrim at Tinker Creek"), Virginia Woolf (essays), Thoreau and Emerson.

What I'm Reading

Biography of John Clare by Jonathan Bate, "Everyday Holiness" by Alan Moriniss (again), writings by Edmond Jabes, history books; "Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins" by Steve Olson.

Favorite Authors

Shakespeare, John Clare, John McPhee, Willa Cather, Ralph Ellison, Rilke, Robert Kaplan, Rosario Castellanos, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edmond Jabes, Paul Celan

Influences

Henry Louis Gates, Susan Griffin, Mary Karr, Rosario Castellanos, Theodore Roethke
the last truly amazing poem I read was Allen Tate's meditation on a Confederate graveyard