HUMP Holidays


Everyone and their sister are doing the as-to-be-expected 2012 Best of or Year End lists. And so, I thought I might shake things up and offer a different perspective on the books I read this year. Not the top 5 or 10, but some categories, and here they are:

New Fiction Books I Read (and enjoyed) in 2012:

I Don’t Respect Female Expression– Frank Hinton

Disparate Pathos– Meg Tuite

Shut Up/ Look Pretty– Lauren Becker, Erin Fitzgerald, Kirsty Logan, Michelle Reale and Amber Sparks

Together We Can Bury It– Kathy Fish

Conversations with S. Teri O.’Type– Christopher Allen

Poached is Not an Option– Carol Wobig

These Strangers She’d Invited in– Jac Jemc

Three Squares a Day with Occasional Torture- Julie Innis

Wild– Cheryl Strayed

The Imaginary State of Indefinite Morals– Rae Bryant

The Same Terrible Storm– Sheldon Compton

Americas– Jason Lee Norman

Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnaroicz– Cynthia Carr

How Should A Person Be?– Sheila Heti

New Poetry Chaps & Books in 2012:

Final Notes– Joani Reese

Pointed Sentences– Bill Yarrow

The Oregon Trail is The Oregon Trail– Gregory Sherl

The Book of Poems– Dorianne Laux

Wingbeats- Exercises & Practice in Poetry- ed. by Scott Wiggerman & David Meischen

If I Falter At The Gallows– Edward Mullaney

Duende– Tracey K. Smith

Blue Rust– Joe Millar

Monogamy Songs- Gregory Sherl

Muted Lines from Someone Else’s Memory– Seth Berg

Books I Revisited (re-read) in 2012:

The Gashleycrumb Tinies– Edward Gorey

He is Talking to the Fat Lady– xTx

Please Don’t Be Upset and Other Stories– Brandi Wells

Blue on Blue Ground– Aaron Smith

What the Living Do– Marie Howe

Close to the Knives– David Wojnarowicz

Oblivion– David Foster Wallace

Wingbeats- Exercises & Practice in Poetry- ed. by Scott Wiggerman & David Meischen

Laurie Anderson by Rosalee Goldberg

The Girl on the Fridge– Etgar Keret

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Here are a few other links to check out:

The JMWW Winter issue has arrived and it is fantastic:

Metazen 2012 Christmas EBook for charity has arrived, and my piece, “Black & White/ Color” is included:

Brad Listi and his editors at Nervous Breakdown have their year end Best of Books list The Nobbies here:

If you have not yet read Domestic Apparition by Meg Tuite, get it now (Pssst: it’s free to download, but hurry!): Domestic Apparition: Meg Tuite: Kindle Store

Joani Reese’s “Happy Hour” is up at Reprint Magazine: Happy Hour | Reprint Poetry

Andrew Stancek’s “Everyday Thunder” is the story of the day at Every Day Fiction and you can rate it: Every Day Fiction – The once a day flash fiction magazine.

Nate Tower is the Next Big Thing at Write, Juggle, Run: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop « Write, Juggle, Run

A terrific poem, one for the ages, at the Winter issue of Ploughshares, by my teacher and mentor Ellen Bass: “Restaurant.” Article Detail

Pure Slush has a new book called Gorge out. Several authors, including me, participated in this zany concept: gorge a novel in stories Pure Slush Vol. 4 by Pure Slush (Paperback) – Lulu

The Writer’s Almanac’s post of the day, “Waiting on the Corners” by Donald Hall:

Waiting on the Corners by Donald Hall | The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Fascinating article at Huffington Post about the new movie “Zero Dark Thirty.” SPOILER ALERT! It eloquently discusses the film in depth: G. Roger Denson: Zero Dark Thirty: Why the Film’s Makers Should Be Defended And What Deeper bin Laden Controversy Has Been Stirred

Be safe, travel with respect, use safety. Engage in the world around you!

5 thoughts on “HUMP Holidays

  1. Brenda Holiday

    I’m not certain the place you are getting your info, but great job. I must spend some time reading your book lists. Thanks for excellent information; I was searching for this information for my reading in 2013.


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