For 2014, a new category in my top 10 book lists: Poetry! I seem to be reading more and more poetry each year, which is a trend that I enjoy, but I also don’t think I have the slightest idea how to write about poetry. So, here’s my top 10 for the year, sans review.
1. Every Riven Thing, by Christian Wiman
2: Some Ether, Nick Flynn
3: The Shadow of Sirius, W.S. Merwin
4: Once in the West: Poems, Christian Wiman
5: Collected Poems, Philip Larkin
6: Actual Air, David Berman
7: Astonishments, Anna Kamieńska
8: Stay, Illusion, Lucie Brock-Broido
9: Incarnadine: Poems, Mary Szybist
10: Against Which, Ross Gay
Delights and Shadows, Ted Kooser
Faithful and Virtuous Night, Louise Glück
The Wingless, Cecilia Llompart
Metaphysical Dog, Frank Bidart
What books of poetry did you enjoy this year?
Coming up next: Top 10 books of nonfiction and fiction I read in 2014.
Another busy weekend in North Carolina: Guion backed Daniel Levi Goans at his CD release show in Greensboro, and I was in Charlotte/Davidson, hanging out with my fam and celebrating with Eva and Peter.
Grace was Eva and Peter’s wedding photographer and has just put up some of her amazing photos from their “first look” on the railroad tracks. Check it out.
Quick selection of photos below:
“Cruel,” by St. Vincent. New favorite song (I’m OBSESSED) and album. I can’t wait for her concert here in October! This music video is also totally crazy and creepy. (The Fox Is Black)
The Psychologist. Why novelist Vladimir Nabokov may have actually been the greatest psychologist of his time. (The American Scholar)
The Writer’s Voice. A reflection on the experience of hearing a great writer read his or her own work–with links! Listen to the dulcet tones of Flannery O’Connor, W.B. Yeats, Philip Larkin, James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov, and J.M. Coetzee. (The Book Bench, The New Yorker)
Al Gore’s Excellent Timing. You know all this apocalyptic weather we’ve been having lately? Al Gore chimes in on a reason, and it’s not the Second Coming. These statistics are chilling… or should I say warming? (The Atlantic)
Bookish Illustrations. Lizzy Stewart’s solemn and wonderful sketched book covers for beloved classics. (Wolf Eyebrows)