Brian Spears

Poet, Editor, Teacher, Blogger.

Summer reading list

Yeah, I know–it feels like summer outside down here in south Florida, but we’re still weeks and weeks away from it. Nonetheless, I have to provide our book purchasing system a list of texts for my class this summer. I’ve been given a terrific opportunity this summer–a 4000 level Modern Poetry class. It’s only six weeks long, so I don’t want to kill them (or me), so I’m limiting the scope a lot. I’m looking to make it more of a contemporary poetry class, focusing on the variety of voices in contemporary poetry. So here’s the list, in no particular order.

Chinese Apples: New and Selected Poems by W. S. DiPiero
Talking Dirty to the Gods by Yusuf Komunyakaa
Boss Cupid by Thom Gunn
The Moon Is Always Female by Marge Piercy
Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey
Emails from Scheherezad by Mohja Kahf
Nine Horses by Billy Collins

Yes, gods help me, I’m teaching a Billy Collins book this summer. I figure at some point, I’ll need a break, and so will they. I still have a couple of days to toss this around, and maybe add a book or two. If anyone has a suggestion, something published in the last 20 years or so, that a class which won’t have a ton of time will be able to digest, let me know.

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March 6, 2008 - Posted by | summer reading list, teaching poetry

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