This month’s list is a little shorter than February, but for good reason, I swear!
…Okay maybe it’s not that great of a reason. Basically, I just have been writing a little more than I have been reading this month, which is just the way she goes sometimes. The texts I have been reading have had a lot to do with inspiring and guiding my creative process. For example, I have been working on a lyrical essay collection, so I have been reading several fabulous lyrical essay collections.
If you are a bibliofile and a writer like me, I hope these selections help inform your process too!
- Antlers in Space and Other Common Phenomena by Melissa Wiley, Split Lip Press, 2017
I picked up Wiley’s collection of lyric essays as an example of what is possible for a lyric essay collection and I was not disappointed! Wiley’s writing is beautifully rendered, raw, poignant, and just the right amount of meditative. It is one of those books that keeps you thinking long after you’ve turned each page.
2. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, Graywolf Press, 2015
Speaking of texts that need no introduction, Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts hit me at a time when I have been feeling rather lost in finding my place in the literary world. Nelson weaves together topics like queerness, sexuality, motherhood, relationships, and social theory with deftness that I could only aspire to in my own prose. Let’s just say that by the time she is laying out her entire experience of birthing her child, Iggy, at the end of the novel, I was sobbing over my well-loved copy in the middle of a plane.
3. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon, Workman Publishing, 2012
This little book is really just a must-read for anyone who wants to start calling themselves a “creative type.” I read the whole thing in thirty minutes, but you can bet that it is one of those quote machines that I will be carrying around with me forever.
4. LIT MAG PICK: Kissing Dynamite Poetry
Though its a newer lit mag, Kissing Dynamite has been routinely putting out, well dynamite every issue. I was totally enthralled with their most recent offering, Funhouse Mirror, and really can’t wait for the next issue to come out!