my poetry & art book wish lists

Is Santa listening yet? POETRY The Collected Poems: Sylvia Plath New Addresses: Poems by Kenneth Koch Selected Poems: Frank O’Hara Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian ART Cy Twombly: Fifty Years of Works on Paper Marcel Broothaers: The Complete Prints Georgia O’Keeffe: A Portrait by Alfred Stieglitz Pablo Picasso: The Lithographs […]

> a present from me to me

I gave myself Tin House’s current sex-themed issue for my recent birthday. Very apropos, yes? Inside is fiction, poetry, brief essays, reviews on sex-themed books & other stuff. I’ve already devoured most of it. Naomi Jackson’s mini-essay Minding the Gap alone made the purchase worthwhile: “… The fact that when kissing someone who is still only a body […]

> advice to writers from joyce carol oates

This quote had a huge impact on me when I read it about a month ago. I haven’t been the same since as far as my writing is concerned. It’s from Joyce Carol Oates’ book The Faith of a Writer: “Never be ashamed of your subject, and of your passion for your subject. Your ‘forbidden’ […]