Happy April (and National Poetry Month), friends—
March was appropriately lion-like for me, at least as far as creative projects go. After launching Stanza Break, I took on some editing projects that will take me through the next couple of months, was solicited to write a review outside of this newsletter, and dug back into some writing projects I’ve had stewing. More on all of those as they approach fruition.
I mentioned last month that my reading at the start of the year was slower than usual, but keeping with March’s theme of being A Lot, I churned through more books in March than I had in January and February combined. Here’s my March reading list:
The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin. (The last book in a brilliant, brutal fantasy trilogy)
Prophet | Profit by Patrick Blagrave. (Poems about living under capitalism. The two sonnet sequences are stunning.)
For Work / For TV by Fee Griffin. (More poems about living under capitalism, but funnier.)
A Picture-Feeling by Renee Gladman. (An early book of poetry by Gladman who is now more known for her fiction.)
Morelia by Renee Gladman. (A short, dreamlike mystery thriller of a prose poem.)
The Ravickians by Renee Gladman. (I reread this one, the second in a 4-book series about the fictional city-state of Ravicka. I’m thrilled by the possibilities of Gladman’s version of fantasy fiction.)
Seedlip and Sweet Apple by Arra Lynn Ross. (Poems about Mother Ann Lee and the Shaker community’s origins and emigration to the U.S.)
Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018 by Daniel Borzutzky.
The Ecstasy of Capitulation by Daniel Borzutzky. (Stay tuned for more on Borzutzky in the next couple of months.)