Following is my reading list for the Spring Correspondence Semester in the New England College MFA in Poetry Program. The four areas of study are mostly my choice (Poets of South Africa, the Booklength Poem (or the Long Poem), Spanish Language Poets, Poets in Performance). The reading list is jointly designed with the input of my faculty advisor, Anne Waldman. At this point, iambs are dripping from my ears:
POETS OF SOUTH AFRICA [February]
Berold, Robert, ed. South African Poets on Poetry: Interviews from New Coin 1992 - 2001.
Brutus, Dennis. A Simple Lust.
Butler, Guby and Jeff Opland, ed. The Magic Tree: South African Stories in Verse.
de Kok, Ingrid. Terrestrial Things.
Kgogitsile, Keorapetse. This Way I Salute You.
THE BOOKLENGTH POEM (OR THE LONG POEM) [March]
Doolittle, Hilda. Trilogy.
Ecclesiastes (King James Bible)
Pound, Ezra. The Cantos.
Song of Solomon (King James Bible)
Waldman, Anne. Iovis.
Williams, William Carlos. Paterson.
SPANISH LANGUAGE POETS [April]
Borges, Jorge. Selected Poems.
de la Cruz, Sor Juana. Sor Juana's Love Poems.
Ellis, Keith. Poetry and Ideology of Nicolas Guillen.
Garcia Lorca, Federico. Poet in New York.
Neruda, Pablo. The Book of Questions.
Neruda, Pablo. The Truly Essential Neruda.
Neruda, Pablo. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair.
Paz, Octavio. Selected Poems.
POETRY FOR PERFORMANCE [May]
Baraka, Amiri. Transbluesency.
Feinstein, Sacha and Yusef Komunyakaa, ed. Jazz Poetry Anthology.
Kerouac, Jack. Mexico City Blues.
Rothenberg, Jerome, ed. Technicians of the Sacred.