I fly down to Atlanta in five days, to join Zachary Schomburg on tour through the southern leg of his epic Fjords tour. We’ll part ways after Arkansas on the 30th and then I’ll head up to Iowa City with Matt Henriksen to participate in the Mission Creek Festival (where we’ll be reading, and Black Ocean will have a table). From there, I’ll meet up with Adrianne Mathiowetz and head up to Minneapolis–where I may be reading at a book release party for Feng Sun Chen. All told I’ll be on the road for 13 days, through April 4th. This year I’ve decided that for National Poetry Month, instead of writing 30 poems in 30 days I’m going to try to read a book of poems each day (with a few exceptions for longer collections). It will give me a chance to catch up on a bunch of books I’ve been meaning to read, and revisit some books I want to spend more time with. I’ll post my responses to these books on here as I complete them. Because I’ll be spending the first four days of April on the road, I need to pack my first four books to take with me. So today, I started compiling my list, in no particular order: The Dandelion Clock by Daniel Tiffany Tuned Droves by Eric Baus Chinoiserie by Karen Rigby My Love Is a Dead Arctic Explorer by Paige Ackerson-Kiely This Isa Nice Neighborhood by Farid Matuk Goat in the Snow by Emily Pettit Le Spleen de Poughkeepsie by Joshua Harmon Talk Poetry by Mairead Byrne Killing Kanoko by Hiromi Ito The Black Forest by Christopher DeWeese Mommy Must Be a Fountain of Feathers by Kim Hyesoon Mercury by Ariana Reines A Magic Book by Sasha Stephensen Irresponsibility by Chris Vitiello No Grave Can Hold My Body Down by Aaron McCollough Dance Dance Revolution by Cathy Park Hong Flowers by Paul Killebrew Percussion Grenade by Joyelle McSweeney Voyager by Srikanth Reddy Bluets by Maggie Nelson Iovis I by Anne Waldman This list is exciting to even look at, and a bit intimidating… I know there’re only 21 titles so far, but I also know that there will be days I don’t finish some of these books and I want this to be fun, not a chore. Choosing somewhat arbitrarily from the slimmest volumes (that will weigh me down the least while I travel), I’ve decided to kick off with Hyesoon, DeWeese, Pettit, and Rigby. Now I’m going to go pack my vitamins…

I fly down to Atlanta in five days, to join Zachary Schomburg on tour through the southern leg of his epic Fjords tour. We’ll part ways after Arkansas on the 30th and then I’ll head up to Iowa City with Matt Henriksen to participate in the Mission Creek Festival (where we’ll be reading, and Black Ocean will have a table). From there, I’ll meet up with Adrianne Mathiowetz and head up to Minneapolis–where I may be reading at a book release party for Feng Sun Chen. All told I’ll be on the road for 13 days, through April 4th.

This year I’ve decided that for National Poetry Month, instead of writing 30 poems in 30 days I’m going to try to read a book of poems each day (with a few exceptions for longer collections). It will give me a chance to catch up on a bunch of books I’ve been meaning to read, and revisit some books I want to spend more time with. I’ll post my responses to these books on here as I complete them.

Because I’ll be spending the first four days of April on the road, I need to pack my first four books to take with me. So today, I started compiling my list, in no particular order:

  • The Dandelion Clock by Daniel Tiffany
  • Tuned Droves by Eric Baus
  • Chinoiserie by Karen Rigby
  • My Love Is a Dead Arctic Explorer by Paige Ackerson-Kiely
  • This Isa Nice Neighborhood by Farid Matuk
  • Goat in the Snow by Emily Pettit
  • Le Spleen de Poughkeepsie by Joshua Harmon
  • Talk Poetry by Mairead Byrne
  • Killing Kanoko by Hiromi Ito
  • The Black Forest by Christopher DeWeese
  • Mommy Must Be a Fountain of Feathers by Kim Hyesoon
  • Mercury by Ariana Reines
  • A Magic Book by Sasha Stephensen
  • Irresponsibility by Chris Vitiello
  • No Grave Can Hold My Body Down by Aaron McCollough
  • Dance Dance Revolution by Cathy Park Hong
  • Flowers by Paul Killebrew
  • Percussion Grenade by Joyelle McSweeney
  • Voyager by Srikanth Reddy
  • Bluets by Maggie Nelson
  • Iovis I by Anne Waldman

This list is exciting to even look at, and a bit intimidating… I know there’re only 21 titles so far, but I also know that there will be days I don’t finish some of these books and I want this to be fun, not a chore. Choosing somewhat arbitrarily from the slimmest volumes (that will weigh me down the least while I travel), I’ve decided to kick off with Hyesoon, DeWeese, Pettit, and Rigby.

Now I’m going to go pack my vitamins…