Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday Muse: #readwomen2015 (3)

As I did in 2014, I am committed in 2015 to reading as many books by women as I can. Below are writers (some, such as Chana Bloch, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Kate Schmitt, are new to me) I've read since the start of the year and recommend. Join in the project and share online and promote your titles using the hashtag #readwomen or #readwomen2015. 


✭ Mary Jo Bang, The Last Two Seconds: Poems (Graywolf Press, 2015)

✭ Chana Bloch, Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems 1980-2015 (Autumn House Press, 2015)

✭ Barbara Crooker, Selected Poems (FutureCycle Press, 2015) Read my review.

✭ Claudia Emerson, late wife (Louisiana State University Press, 2005)

✭ Claudia Emerson, Opposite House: Poems  (Louisiana State University Press, 2015)

✭ Jeannine Hall Gailey, The Robot Scientist's Daughter: Poems (Mayapple Press, 2015)

✭ Jane Hirshfield, The Beauty: Poems (Knopf, 2015)

✭ Laura Kasischke, The Infinitesimals (Copper Canyon Press, 2014)

✭ Janet R. Kirchheimer, How to Spot One of Us: Poems (CLAL, 2007)

✭ Marge Piercy, Made in Detroit: Poems (Knopf, 2015)

✭ Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014)

✭ Wislaw Szymborska, Map: Collected and Last Poems (Hougton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)

✭ Donna Vorreyer, a house of many windows  (Sundress Publications, 2013)

✭ Nancy Willard, The Sea at Truro: Poems (Knopf, 2012)


✭ Dawn Potter, A Poet's Sourcebook (Autumn House Press, 2013)  Read my review

Essay Collections

✭ Jane Hirshfield, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, 2015)

✭ Jane Hirshfield, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (Harper Perennial, 1997)

Memoir, Autobiography, Biography

✭ Judith Ortiz Cofer, The Cruel Country (University of Georgia Press, 2015)

✭ Alexandra Fuller, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness (Penguin Books, 2012)

✭ Alexandra Fuller, Leaving Before the Rains Come (Penguin Press, 2015)

✭ Helen McDonald, H is for Hawk (Grove Press, 2015) 

✭ Kate Schmitt, Singing Bones (Zone 3 Press, 2014) Read my review.

✭ Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light: a Memoir (Knopf, 2015)


✭ Kelly Cherry, Twelve Women in a Country Called America: Stories (Press 53, 2015) Read my review.

✭ Rachel Cusk, Outline: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)


✭ Sarah Helm, Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2014)

✭ Martha Hodes, Mourning Lincoln (Yale University Press, 2015)

True Crime

✭ Marcia M. Gallo, 'No One Helped': Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy (Cornell University Press, 2015) (I use the category "True Crime" for convenience. This meticulously researched, highly readable book is about so much more than the crime committed in 1964. Note: The author uses in the book's Epilogue part of a poem I wrote about Kitty Genovese.)


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