Greetings, poets + persons of poetic constitution. It’s me, Diana Khoi Nguyen. As a peddler + dabbler/dribbler/lover of poetry, and as earthling, I’ve always wondered about what others (like me and not like me) are reading. As much as I hate/guilty-pleasure-love lists (especially lists of poetry ilk), I am constantly starving to find the next life-altering/favorite-book-of-all-time.
Sure, as a poet, I’ve had hundreds of poetry collections recommended to me–and many of these have been especially instrumental to my poet/human-development, but there’s something I discovered within the past 14 months: my brain is wildly stimulated in strange and wondrous ways when I read life-altering fiction and non-fiction. This is where I will admit that I don’t see myself as a well-read person. But I am a lover of books. And I’d like to share with lovers of poetry–some meaningful works of prose that I’ve been reading/read recently. I hope you don’t mind.
My hope is that: I can share a book, author, feelings with you that might lead you also to experience feelings. I hope I’m able to bring some attention to works that no one (or only one person) told me about.
I want to spread some literary seed! Cross-pollination! Too many times have I heard from prose writers that they “don’t know jack-shit about poetry,” etc. Maybe my prose-writer-acquaintances are an unrepresentative sample of the larger pool. I’ll never know. I mean, I don’t know how to write a paragraph, but that’s not stopping my prose from happening right here. Read the full story »