Amazing Peace, by Maya Angelou

One star, read in December 2013. Of course this was gorgeous, and in general, I love Maya Angelou’s . . . everything. But I didn’t love this book’s illustrations, and frankly, if the poem weren’t written by Maya Angelou I would give it negative stars. Because as nice an idea as this “amazing peace” is,…

Japanese Haiku from Peter Pauper Press

Four stars, read in July 2017. I couldn’t believe my luck to find these three small, beautiful old volumes at my local used bookstore last night—particularly because under their faded, torn jackets the same lovely pattern has been preserved on the hardcover. Rather than reviews, my posts about haiku are always just a collection of…

Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur

Five stars, read in May 2017. Man, I have not been keeping up with things lately. I’ve started a new job and no longer have all the blogging time I used to, but the only computer we have at home is a shitty laptop that is so shitty I never want to use it. So…

Blue Iris, by Mary Oliver

Four stars, read in October 2016. It’s confirmed; Mary Oliver is one of the rare poets whose work just works for me. I adore her style and her subjects—the scenes in nature, the exquisite detail, the stunning imagery. In both of the collections I’ve read so far, I enjoy every poem, but find two or three that…

Owls and Other Fantasies, by Mary Oliver

Four stars, read in September 2016. As I often mention, I’m not a poetry person. The genre doesn’t do much for me as a whole, but there are certain poems and poets I really connect with, and Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese” is one of them. You do not have to be good. You do not…

Howl

. . . who lounged hungry and lonesome through Houston seeking jazz or sex or soup . . . Allen Ginsberg I did not care much for his poetry, I have to be honest. But this is just such a perfect string of words.

Top Books of 2016 So Far

It’s June, so it feels like we’re halfway through the year, but also it’s only the beginning of June, so really only five months have passed. If this post is any indication, I am going to have a hard time narrowing down my “best of” lists when January 2017 rolls around. Despite my falling into…

The Fever, by Wallace Shawn

Five stars, read in April 2016. After reading his interview with the Paris Review, I knew I wanted to start tracking down Wallace Shawn’s work. I was so surprised by the connection I felt with his ideas in that interview, and it was the same with The Fever. It was written as a kind of one-act play,…

I Have Questions about Into the Woods

I’ve never seen the original production, but I saw the movie when it came out in 2014. Musically, it’s brilliant. Those songs lodge themselves in my brain and I can’t stop singing them for weeks after I hear them. The lyrics, cinematography, cast—everything is fantastic. But I’m not quite sure about the story. I know there…

Twelve Angry Men, by Reginald Rose

Four stars, read and reviewed in 2010. I’ve been wanting to watch the Henry Fonda movie for years, but somehow had just never gotten to it. The instant I finished listening to the audiobook, I called Mike and asked if that could be what we did that night; so, after I picked him up from…