Fashion, Travel, Poetry

Reading List: The 5 Books I’m Bringing to Hawaii

Everyone knows that beach vacations require good reading. A well-packed beach bag should always contain a few page turners. Given that a good chunk of my upcoming vacation to Hawaii will be spent poolside, I'm bringing a slough of books with me.

Today I'm sharing the five titles on my island reading list.

I have to admit, when I first read that Rebecca Hazelton’s Fair Copy was comprised of acrostic poems I was skeptical. An acrostic poem is a type of poetry in which the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase–in this case a line from Emily Dickinson. This seemed… View Article

Fair Copy by Rebecca Hazelton

Genre: Poetry
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I have to admit, when I first read that Rebecca Hazelton's Fair Copy was comprised of acrostic poems I was skeptical. An acrostic poem is a type of poetry in which the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase--in this case a line from Emily Dickinson. This seemed a bit scholastically puerile to me, but as I had read a poem of Hazelton's in Poetry magazine and thoroughly enjoyed it, I soldiered on. I'm so glad I did. Fair Copy is a breathtakingly good book of poetry.

With my decision to narrow down my literary focus to poetry a few weeks ago, I knew that there were a few books I wanted to hit right away. One of these was Restoration by Christina Pugh, who was a professor of mine and my thesis advisor when I got my Master’s in English literature… View Article

Restoration by Christina Pugh

Genre: Poetry
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With my decision to narrow down my literary focus to poetry a few weeks ago, I knew that there were a few books I wanted to hit right away. One of these was Restoration by Christina Pugh, who was a professor of mine and my thesis advisor when I got my Master's in English literature with a focus on poetry from the University of Illinois Chicago. Restoration came out the same year I started the program. That fall, Pugh taught a poetry workshop course I was taking, and I found her teaching to be instrumental in the depth of my poetry education. Quite simply, she was one of the best professors I ever had. It's a shame it has taken me this long to pick up one of her books, but its better late than never.

How does one explore the world of poetry? My current approach is to read Poetry magazine, earmark the poems that wow me, and search out the poets who wrote those poems. This is how I happened upon Gretchen Marquette’s May Day–I read her poem “Want” and loved the direct, narrative quality of her work immediately…. View Article

May Day by Gretchen Marquette

Genre: Poetry
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How does one explore the world of poetry? My current approach is to read Poetry magazine, earmark the poems that wow me, and search out the poets who wrote those poems. This is how I happened upon Gretchen Marquette's May Day--I read her poem "Want" and loved the direct, narrative quality of her work immediately. Happily, Gray Wolf Press, who published her first book in 2016, was generous enough to send me a copy of it to review.