I’m pretty excited about the books my students chose for the first round of reading assignments in the class.  It’s a nice mix of voices, and a few asked for books that surprised me.  I had read most of them, but had the opportunity to read Jane Hirshfield’s Come, Thief for the first time this morning.

  • Yehuda Amachai, Even a Fist Was Once an Open Palm with With Fingers  
  • Elizabeth Bishop, Geography III
  • Billy Collins, Questions About Angels
  • Carl Dennis, Practical Gods
  • Stephen Dobyns, Mystery, So Long
  • Vievee Francis, Blue-Tail Fly
  • Ross Gay, Against Which
  • Jane Hirshfield, Come, Thief
  • Tony Hoagland, What Narcissism Means to Me
  • Mark Jarman, Unholy Sonnets
  • Ethna McKiernan, The One Who Swears You Can’t Start Over
  • John Murillo, Up Jump the Boogie
  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil, At the Drive-In Volcano
  • Thomas Lux, The Street of Clocks
  • Kay Ryan, Say Uncle
  • Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard

My great disappointment this time was that someone asked for Rose McLarney’s The Always Broken Plates of Mountains, and I couldn’t assign it because it’s checked out of the library.

Rose McLarney's book


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