A pensive first collection of poems, Eye Level reflects upon the self in motion: Brooklyn-based poet Jenny Xie questions in her expansive work what it means to enter and exit the boundaries of a place.
A long poem about a short day, Bernadette Mayer’s Midwinter Day stakes a claim to the aesthetic of sincerity, even as it experiments with form in radical and inventive ways that foreground the artifice of the feminist poet’s project.
Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy and earnestly engaging with the world in his first collection of nonfiction, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, which groups together sixteen personal essays that reflect upon his growth as an activist and a writer.
For some time, I’ve wanted to start a blog to keep track of my thoughts on life, lit, and film. In the past, I’ve shut down the desire by telling myself to wait until I had become more experienced or, at least, more well read—until I had something that I knew was worth sharing with the world, that is, be it information or insight. But it’s becoming apparent that I might never write if I don’t begin now.