My summer reading list: Tim Skeen

Today is the third installment of “My Summer Reading List,” a look at what books the MFA faculty will be reading in the coming months.

Today’s recommendations are from Tim Skeen, who says he will be reading tons of poetry collections and also children’s books with his daughter, Iris, in addition to these:

The Pursuit of Poetry: A Book of Letters About Poetry Written By English Poets, 1550-1930, collected and edited by Desmond Flowers. “If this John Donne quote doesn’t grab you, then pass on the book: ‘He that would every day gather one or two feathers might become brawn with hard lying before he make a feather bed of his gettings.’ “

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, by Barbara W. Tuchman. “I found this one in a box of throwaways in the Joyal Administration Building, with a thirty-year-old credit card receipt for gas bought in Los Angeles–$14 and change for 20 gallons. I’d also like to reread Tuchman’s The Guns of August and The Proud Tower.”

They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace Vietnam and America in October 1967, by David Maraniss. “I want to finish this one, which Steve Yarbrough recommended to me.”

Coming Friday: John Hales’ list.

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