18 July 2006

Cruelly parted

Am currently feeling the brunt of my separation from two marvelous books I wasn't able to finish before leaving the country again: Richard Powers' Plowing the Dark and the newly-reissued collection of essays by Wendell Berry, Standing by Words. It's horrible. Perhaps my frequent silences here are due to the fact that I feel these sorts of things so keenly I'd rather *not* know what I'm missing.

All the same, I was able to find several gems in my used-bookstore hunts (Galatea 2.2 being one of them), so I plan to focus on the upside of things and share a bit more of what I do have.

Yesterday, I finally started James Longenbach's The Resistance to Poetry (which took over four months to reach me via airmail!). Already I'm seeing an interesting tension between his preface and Berry's essay, "The Specialization of Poetry." But I don't think they necessarily disagree...

More soon.

5 comments:

Carrie said...

So good to hear your "voice" again! So curious as to how your trip home was. You are already gone?

amcorrea said...

It went well--lots of time with family (hence the few books read). This first week back at school is going well so far. Thanks!

TLK said...

In your opinion, is this book by wendell Berry worth the price of $16 with shipping?

amcorrea said...

You can get it for $5 used on Amazon (plus shipping)--read the first few pages there on the site to see what you think. Had I been more realistic and realized that I wouldn't be able to finish it in time, I would've ordered it to take back with me.

Spyware Remover said...

It called "readus interruptus"

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