In lieu of a recommended reading list, here are the books on my shelves, lovingly acquired over time. This is a work in progress, and I will continually update it when I have more hours to spare. I have hundreds of books in my home—happy to share with you what I’m reading!
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A Nostalgist’s Map of America: Poems by Agha Shahid AliPaperback
Against Love Poetry: Poems by Eavan BolandPaperback
All of Us: The Collected Poems by Raymond CarverPaperback
American Sublime: Poems by Elizabeth AlexanderPaperback
Autobiography of Red by Anne CarsonPaperback
Bago Ang Babae by Rebecca T. AñonuevoPaperback
Different Hours by Stephen DunnHardcover
Evidence: Poems by Mary OliverHardcover
Except You Enthrall Me by Mark Anthony CayananPaperback
Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New and Selected Poems by Diane AckermanPaperback
I Was Told the Sunlight Was a Cure by Hanif Abdurraqib
"on the days I want to be alive I tell myself I deserve a marching band / or at least a string section to announce my arrival
La Chalupa, the Boat by Jean Valentine
"No, not drifting, I am poling / my way into my life."
[Goldenrod, I could say, you know, everybody wants something] by Diane Seuss
"Goldenrod, is your dying hard? I know, / I know dying's hard. Are you reaching toward, you know, or just reaching?"
Transformation by Adam Zagajewski
"I’ve lived humbly, reading the paper, / pondering the riddle of power / and the reasons for obedience."
Starlings in Winter by Mary Oliver
"I want / to think again of dangerous and noble things