My first month's selections were:
- Tess Gallagher, Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems
- Albert Goldbarth, The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007
- Lynda Hull, Collected Poems
- Larry Levis, The Selected Levis
- James Wright, Above the River: The Complete Poems
I read Wright, Goldbarth, Levis, and some of Gallagher. I liked Wright and fully expected to, and liked Goldbarth more the more I read him. I'll whine more about my problems finding women poets I love in another post.
But the gem, for me, was Levis. I have the vague sense that I've heard of him somewhere (when I say his name I hear it pronounced affectionately by a former teacher), but I can't remember any poems. As I read through each book, I left sticky notes on the pages with poems that I might come back to at essay-writing time. In The Selected Levis this was close to half the pages in the book. My favorite, and the one about which I wrote an essay, is "Slow Child with a Book of Birds." I can't find it anywhere online, but you can read a selection of work by this poet who takes my breath away here and here.
1 Hi, Ed (I know I owe you an email)!
2 Hi, Mark!