Am I the only sucker out here who thinks it might take YEARS to revise a piece?
Ages ago, I wrote this poem about my great-grandfather [the one from India] and it’s totally flawed, but it had some kick to it [I’m being thankful for small things here], but I wrote it at the point of my life where everything came in autobiographical chunks and I’m not sure if I’ve I haven’t learned enough to actually revise it. Sometimes I’m not sure if I’m a.) insecure, b.) indecisive, c.) a fucking perfectionist, or d.) lazy when it comes to these things.
Actually, I think I’m going to wait for the day when I can go visit India before I get to touching that piece.
I just had to write that down. Personal stuffs, hee.
Last night, I got down to making a reading list (!!!) for myself for the summer. Here it is – I’m going to give the poetry collections more attention since I write in poetry, but I hope I have enough I’m also going to try to make time to read the ones in fiction.
Poetry [in preferred order]
- Bolo by Simeon Dumdum, Jr.
- Zero Gravity by Eric Gamalinda
- The City in Which I Love You by Li-Young-Lee
- The Seven Ages by Louise Glück
- Different Hours by Stephen Dunn
- Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges [yes, I know they’re mostly works of fiction, but this evil, smart man is probably going to be a good influence for my poetry; I think he already is]
*Special request: if anyone knows where I can locally find Jorie Graham’s Erosion or The End Of Beauty, I would be happier than a spring chikin if you told me. 🙂 I swear. Spring chikin.
Fiction [no particular order]
- No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July [I started on this 2 weeks ago, haven’t gotten to finishing it]
- Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
- Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell [the copy I have actually isn’t mine – it belongs to my former boss, Walt, and I fear I might never return it if I don’t get to read this soon. Hi Walt, if by the strangest chance you are reading this, your book is safely nestled in my shelf!]
- Bluebeard’s Egg and Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood
- The Woman Who Had Two Navels by Nick Joaquin [Pepito gave this as a Christmas gift, sorry dudeparetsong, di ko pa nababasa >_>’]
- I Am a Cat by Soseki Natsume [this belongs to a friend’s sister whom I do not know. I don’t even think the said sister even knows the book is with me. I’m such a book thief.]
Comics [yes, they deserve a different category just because]
- Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli [reading it the first time blew me away. I’m determined to read this thing seven times, at least. It is that awesome, my dear ladies and gentiles.]
- Greek Street [I am a fan of re-tellings, although Vertigo’s doing a good job of stunting my momentum by releasing so sloooow. Ok, once a month, I know. I am an impatient pirate.]
- House of Mystery [because the stories within stories within stories thing never gets old]
- Things my friends write [I actually read this more than I do my supposed serious reading]
Suddenly, I have so much to do!
I actually like it. 🙂 Haha, masochist.
PS I only realized now that you can actually justify wordpress entries. What a stupid fuckwit of a thing to find out just now. I fail. Pffff. time to edit those proems.