Monthly Archives: June 2009

Summer Reading Project: Amy Wright’s Selections

Continuing with our “Summer Reading Project,” here are two lists from Amy Wright, author of There Are No New Ways To Kill A Man:

MOST INFLUENTIAL
1. George Oppen–for his examination of disaster
2. Aime Cesaire–for his love of even the unlovable aspects of his hometown
3. Dylan Thomas–for sound
4. Samuel Beckett–for his compassion for humanity
5. Wallace Stevens–for saying everything so plainly I had something to grow toward
6. Laura (Riding) Jackson–for teaching me how to fail

WHAT I’M READING
1. Naked by David Sedaris
2. We by Eugene Zamiatin
3. The End of Karma by Dharma Singh Khalsa
4. Blessing of the Animals by Brenda Miller
5. Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins by Michael Martone
6. Neck Deep and Other Predicaments by Ander Monson

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Apostrophe Books Summer Reading Project

The editors at Apostrophe Books have decided to hop on the trendy bandwagon of “summer reading lists” by starting a new project with our authors. While we’re gearing up for our next open reading period (to be announced on this site shortly), we thought it would be fun and interesting to ask our authors to provide us with two lists:

  1. The books/authors that have most significantly influenced their work.
  2. The books they’ve read and/or are planning to read this summer.

We hope this will supply all of our readers with some great summer reading and also provide some insight into the work of the authors we’ve published at Apostrophe. We’ll try to post new lists each week from a different author. So, be sure to check back periodically . . . .

Our first list is from Johannes Göransson, who writes, “Here is a list of my influences in no particular order (I’m leaving out things before the late 19th century and I’m trying to focus on just poetry).” He says he’ll send his summer reading list shortly. . . .

Johannes Göransson’s Primary Influences:

  • Jean Genet, Our Lady of Flowers and Funeral Rites
  • Rimbaud, Illuminations and Season in Hell (New Directions)
  • Baudelaire, Paris Spleen (New Directions)
  • Aase Berg, all of them (Hos Radjur, Mork Materia, Forsla Fett, Uppland, Loss)
  • Sylvia Plath, Ariel
  • Robert Motherwell (ed.), Dada Poets and Painters
  • Richard Huelsenbeck, Fantastic Prayers
  • Bruno K. Öijer, c/o Night
  • Lars Noren, Revolver
  • Öyvind Fahlström, Bord 1952-1955
  • Allen Ginsberg, Howl and Other Poems
  • Jack Kerouac, På Drift, De Underjordiska
  • William Burroughs, Naked Lunch
  • Wolfgang Borchert, “Do Stay, Giraffe”
  • Max Ernst, the comic books
  • Mina Loy, Love Song to Joannes
  • Vallejo, Trilce (all translations)
  • Antonin Artaud, everything (especially Theater and its Double and Eshleman’s Watchfiends and Rackscreams)
  • Paul Celan (all the translations, Swedish and English)
  • Ann Jäderlund, Snart går jag i sommaren ut
  • Henri Michaux, Darkness Moves (trans. David Ball)
  • Henry Parland, Hamlet Sade Det Vackrare
  • Gunnar Björling, Där jag vet att du
  • Edith Södergran, everything
  • Vasko Popa, Homage to the Lame Wolf (trans. Simic)
  • Russel Edson, The Tunnel
  • Alice Notley, Descent of Alette
  • Ted Berrigan, Sonnets adn Bean Spasms
  • Frank O’Hara, the big book
  • John Berryman, Dreamsongs
  • Andre Breton (and Soupault), Magnetic Fields, Manifestoes of Surrealism
  • August Strindberg, Spöksonatan and The Occult Diary
  • Stephen Crane, The Black Riders and Other Lines
  • TS Eliot, The Wasteland
  • Mayakovsky, Jag! (trans. Gunnar Harding)
  • Blaise Cendrars, Complete Poems
  • Bataille, Visions of Excess
  • Deleuze and Guattari, Thousand Plateaus
  • Auden, The Orators
  • Marinetti, The Futurist Manifesto of 1909
  • Lautreamont, Maldoror
  • Gorilla (numbers 1&2, 1966 and 67)