My books are split between cities: I hope this is the last month I will have this problem as I plan to finally ship the most important parts of my library (vast; even the important parts are more voluminous than seems healthy) to Sydney in January. I don’t have the piles of books all assembled in front of me, so this reconstruction will have to do for now.
Now a regular part of my life, I have books for review. While Barry Hill’s beautiful volume of poems accompanied by the art of John Wolseley is waiting for me in January, I have been reading Cate Kennedy’s The Taste of River Water for the purpose of reviewing. I’m mulling that over, and plan to write up my thoughts early in the new year, well ahead of amorphous “deadline.” Another poet I plan to write about is the American Dan Beachy-Quick. His work is layered, and takes time to pick through, but I have consistently found that he astounds me, and deserves to be better known outside of the American milieu. Born in 1973, he has already published six books (five poetry volumes, and a book of essays on Moby Dick called A Whaler’s Dictionary… just reading this description leaves my fingers itching to get hold of a copy) as well as four chapbooks, and is an editor of the wonderful online journal A Public Space. He has a new book of essays coming out soon, and already I’m planning to clear a “Beachy-Quick Corner” in my library. I’ve been spending time with his 2006 collection Mulberry, but I will dive deeper over the coming months and really peel through all of his books and write something a little more formal about this wonderful poet and essayist.