June reading log

A pretty nonpareil month in books — many excellent things. If there is an underlying pattern here at all, it’s the Ohio book (the Indian accounts, the Wright Brothers, the Ordovician fossils) I am working on, & also exploring Paul Metcalf’s influences & peers (Metcalf’s work being an inspiration for the Ohio book). The Jesperson is a fair outlier, but every bit as edifying  as George Saintsbury. But I don’t know if I will finish it, skipping around as per my wont.


Growth and Structure of the English Language (1905) – Otto Jespersen (in progress)

“Projective Verse” (1950) – Charles Olson

Paterson (1960) – William Carlos Williams

Captured by Indians: 15 Firsthand Accounts (1961) – ed. Frederick Drimmer (in progress)

White Trash Cooking (1986) – Ernest Matthew Mickler

Sagetrieb 5.3, Featuring Paul Metcalf (1986)

Singularities (1990) – Susan Howe

Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-1979 (1996) – Susan Howe

An Ear in Bartram’s Tree: Selected Poems 1957-1967 (1972), Jubilant Thicket: New and Selected Poems (2005) – Jonathan Williams (in progress)

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity (2006) – David Lynch

A Sea Without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region (2009) – David L. Meyer and Richard Arnold Davis

The Wright Brothers (2015) – David McCullough

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