Monday, October 04, 2010
Back in the saddle...
The last month I've been busy with teaching and two grant applications.
The summer was a good and productive one -- wrote/revised a number of poems I'm quite happy with (including a couple that got accepted by Saranac Review), took trips to Quebec City and Baie St-Paul, to Toronto, and to my partner's mother's cottage north of Napanee, Ont. Reading highlights included Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (it has to be one of the best novels I've ever read -- I've been meaning to read it for quite some time), Camu's L'etranger (reread, this time en Francais), and, among poetry, which was mostly read online and in anthologies, Susan Briscoe's The Crow's Vow, Pris Campbell's Seatrails, and a book of tanka entitled The Ink Dark Moon, Love Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu translated by Jane Hirshfield (with Marco Aratani). The latter was a brilliant read -- one I especially recommend.