Friday Morning, December 2011: Reading Indiana Review, Vol. 33, No. 1 and the Women’s Review of Books

Two more Christmas cards to send today.  These things take self a looong time to write, as she considers it un-friendly not to give a summing up of 2011.  But before self gets started on another long digression, she better get on with it.

On p. 16 of Volume 33, Number 1 of the Indiana Review, a poem by Megan Moriarty:

Facts About Locations # 1

One of the drawbacks of living in a snow globe
is you never know when it’s going to snow.

It could snow wildly every few minutes or
it could not snow at all for years.

The people who live there
use oxygen tanks or have gills.
Some are polite, whereas others are combative.

None of the streets go on for very long.
When it’s not snowing, all of the snow
piles up on the ground and never melts.

Most people make plans to leave.
There are legends of breeze globes and sun globes,
where every time the world shakes it gets prettier.

There are legends that say someone started those legends,
but each person chooses what they’d rather believe in.

Megan Moriarty’s poems have appeared in Rattle, Washington Square, Flatmancrooked’s Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetics and Best New Poets 2009

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For dear blog readers who may be at a loss for what to give a beloved niece, daughter, sister, mother, aunt or even brother, son, father or uncle this Christmas, what about a subscription to Women’s Review of Books? (Individual Subscriptions are  $42/year)

Here are some of the books reviewed in the latest issue, Vol. 28 No. 6, the November/December 2011 issue:

  • So Good in Black, a novel by Sunetra Gupta (Clockroot Books)
  • Elegies for the Brokenhearted, a novel by Christie Hodgen (W. W. Norton)
  • An Atlas of Impossible Longing, a novel by Anuradha Roy (Simon & Schuster)

Just looking at the titles above, how can one not conclude that writing from/about India, in any shape or form, is “hot” ?  (But then again, when has writing from/about India ever been not hot? Self still remembers:  E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India, M. M. Kaye’s The Far Pavilions, and Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance)

Here’s a passage from a poem on p. 14 of the Women’s Review. The poet is Jessica Greenbaum, whose second collection, The Two Yvonne’s, is forthcoming in 2012 from Princeton University Press:

For our sake, here, I’ll say that one book
held all a city and that one day was like my life.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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