My summer reading list: John Power

John Power
Poetry, incoming

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger — I’ve been meaning to re-read this for some time.

A Norwegian folk tales collection — Folk tales are a harvest of great ideas for poems. This book has been on untouched my shelf for a few years.

Twenty Years A’Growing by Maurice O’Sullivan — The autobiography of a young man who grew up on the Great Blasket Island, located off the southwest coast of Ireland. The island is only three miles long by one mile wide, and the inhabitants are said to have spoken the most poetic form of Gaelic. Even in the English translation, I feel the rhythm of the original Irish.

Plus Shipping by Bob Hicok — Working-man poetry.

The Confessions of Saint Augustine, translated by E. B. Pusey — I have started this book twice. Third time is a charm?

The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton — One of the most underrated, brilliant English authors of the Twentieth Century attempts to show how Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of all pagan myths.

Alarms and Discursions by G.K. Chesterton — A pre-1920 book of essays as a summer read? Am I nuts? Chesterton has an essay in this collection that bemoans the lack of cheese mentioned in the whole of literature. I love this man.


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