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 11-18-2014
 

 
L. Lamar Wilson
 
Times Like These: Marianna, Florida

            One woe is past; &, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.—
Revelation 9:12


In one field, corn husks, muscadine vines & a sugar cane graveyard furrow acres aching
for the devil to beat his wife. In another, a skein of maggots & mayflies, their musk thick
& resolute, jockey for the cow’s afterbirth. Down Old U.S. Road apiece, weevils wheeze
& chafed bales of hay settle for the wind’s sneezes. Wait for a sign, the couple says & set
their table with damask, fresh-pressed for a feast of sardines & cornbread. Train their child
in the way he should babble. From dusk till dusk, they lull the boy with tales of a faraway
sea, buckets of oysters to shuck. OurFatherwhichartinheavenhallowedbethynamethykingdom
comethywillbedoneonearthasitisinheaven
. Still no rain. From dusk till dusk, they till dust.
Then they reach for the locks of hair & black-eyed peas, stowed away for times like these.
 

Lost & Found in Tallahassee

Eres uno de nosotros! the old women chant as they circle
me at the center table. Their molasses hands smooth

my pimply cheeks. You are one of us! they sing, the beat
of their pattering feet in sync with my quaking knees.

They have journeyed from Nacimiento to thank students
who have decided to civilize them. Eres un Mascogo,

says one who looks like my grandmother’s sister. You are
a black Seminole.
She traces the scars on the hand

that will not move, that I try to hide, speaks of a home
I never knew I knew. What to say? Soy un americano

negro
, I mumble. Esto es nuestro hogar, también, she hums.
This is not your home, too. This is not the story I have memorized.

I am a reporter, here to capture a tale of new sewer lines
& streetlights that will make her blue-black face shine.

¿Qué se les gustaria decir a los estudiantes? I probe again.
I need a soundbite, graveling that fits the news I must print.

I do not tell her she is mocked across this city’s tracks with
a Hey-ya-hooo! & fake war paint.  I do not have to. My pen

is running out of ink. My rehearsed accent fails. Her eyes wrinkle
into smiles. Eres uno de nosotros! Eres uno de nosotros! Eres uno …
 
 
Dreamboys
 
My nephew waltzes beside his father,
the man who was the boy who made Faggot!
a reason not to flinch. His neck a merry-

go-round, our boy rears back, waves
his pointer in my face, jabs his other fist
into his hip & wails: Watch yo’ mouth!

Watch yo’ mouth, Miss Effie White! ’Cause I
Don’t take no mess from no second-rate diva
Who can’t sustain!
In my brother’s eyes, I see

the pain of remembering when I crooned―Don’t
tell me not to live. Just sit & putter. Life’s candy
& the sun’s a ball of butter
―& made him grimace.

I scan the wall of plaques in Mama’s den,
the remnants of home runs & aces that gave
him hope then, all dusty now. Teeth clenched,

he smiles at his dreamboy & nods in disbelief.
Harrumphs. Lashes flittering, he offers me
the only penance he can: a sheepish grin.

We applaud & feign heartened laughter.
My nephew sees beyond the veil shrouding
his father’s eyes. Realizes this isn’t

how brown boys win favor. Searches
my eyes for answers. Mirrors
a sadness no song can shake.
 
 
                        -from Sacrilegion, selected by Guest-Editor Mark J. Brewin Jr.
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L. Lamar Wilson has poems in or forthcoming in African American Review, Los Angeles Review, jubilat, The 100 Best African American Poems, The New SoundBlack Gay Genius, and other journals and anthologies. Sacrilegion, his first collection, was selected by Lee Ann Brown for the Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series. Individual poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and won the 2011 Beau Boudreaux Poetry Prize. Wilson has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Callaloo Workshops, the Alfred E. Knobler Scholarship Fund, and the Arts and Sciences Foundation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he's pursuing a doctorate in African American and multiethnic American poetics.
 
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A Review of L. Lamar Wilson's Sacrilegion by Kendra DeColo, first published at Muzzle
 
Whatever I knew from having read L. Lamar Wilson’s work in journals or seeing him perform live (I encourage you to do so) nothing prepared me for the way Sacrilegion (Carolina Wren Press 2013) would leave me vulnerable, raw with need to touch, pull, feel the weight of the book leave my hand as I threw it across the room in tears. The feeling I had of being abandoned is testament to the intimacy achieved throughout the collection’s forty poems, whose moments of healing and longing articulate a new sensuality. With fierce, exacting ,lyricism, Wilson creates his own scripture, (re)inventing a faith based on love, mercy, and acceptance, complicated by a relentless and questioning gaze.

Many of the poems in Sacrilegion center around paradoxes at the core of identity and religion: the body, fragile and resilient, broken by what brought it into being; the silences that give birth to meaning; the disbelief that leads us deeper into faith. Wilson shows how many of us cope with these impossible truths by lying to ourselves, yet how one honest statement is all it takes to dismantle a system of mendacity. In “What Did You Do to Yourself?: Finding Fault,” the speaker uses the familiar refrain “Thank you, God” to reveal and celebrate conflicting truths at the core of his life:

          I was born & lived to darn
          myself a cocoon. I don’t feel a thing
          in my left hand in here, but I used
          to feel everything else
          more than most. God said
          let there be irony & there was I:
          fighting the doctor’s forceps
          on my coming out day. The preacher says
          In all things give thanks & I do.
          Thank you, God, for this holy bum hand. (11)

Wilson seamlessly occupies opposing tones, sincerity and irony, as he praises what he might resent, allowing the music of the line to synthesize contradiction. There is also a stark frankness in the telling of his genesis, compressed to ten terse lines. Wilson uses the tension of his line breaks to steady and distort our expectations, letting meaning shift through a lyrical narrative. Many other poems stem from a similar friction: the speaker’s emotional limitations pushed to the edge as he disparages and sympathizes with versions of his earlier selves.

The collection is alive with characters; the speaker set against a moving screen of family, lovers, nurses, and historical figures. This constant hum of interaction, crafted as dialogue or description, simulates the experience of searching for reflections of ourselves within others. The father reappears as a complicated figure offering unconditional love while struggling to accept his son. Through the lens of the relationship we see how flippant/surface language can be dismissive as well as healing. In “Woe Unto You, Sons,” the father laughs and says “Learn / to lie, son” when the speaker has been hurt at school by bullies, leaving the speaker even more wounded. This tone is cycled and re-purposed, accruing emotional resonance in later poems such as “Dream Boys”: “We applaud & feign heartened laughter. / My nephew sees beyond the veil shrouding / his father’s eyes.”  Then in “Giving Up the Ghost,” one of the most tender and devastating moments in the book,

          …He lets out a long sigh, smiles, then
          laughs & places an open palm on my shoulder, then around it
          to steady me as we walk to my hospital room. It’s OK, son.
          Daddy’s got you, & this ain’t your time to leave here. (61)

We see how language can create or subvert intimacy as we attempt to say the right, honest thing. It also shows how speech is a blueprint for emotional selves, marking the point of arrival (saying what we’ve been trying to understand) and also embodying the path towards self-realization. Lies and truth get mixed up in our journey, equally important in navigating who we are.

As in many of Wilson’s poems, the power comes from subtlety, the terse and blunt self-effacement and direct descriptions. In “It Could Happen to Anyone: A Letter to a Boy,” the speaker is pressed up against his own limitations while interviewing a man for a ‘World AIDS Day story.’

          This man doesn’t know the you
          who dreamed of kissing the lead tuba player
          but was too much of a punk or a saint or both
          to follow his leer from dais to bathroom stall.
          It could happen to anyone, he says, especially
          when you love somebody. Make sure
          you write that down
. You don’t. Too
          sentimental, you think, for a hard
          news story, so you dig for the grit, for the who
          who branded him untouchable. He smiles,
          places one hand on his chest, gropes the table
          for yours. You using protection with these boys?
          His scaly palm grazes for keloid knuckles.
          I haven’t, you know, yet, you mumble, happy
          for once to be numb, glad you can’t feel the heat. (10)

The poem explores the way we build walls, switching perspectives to show connection between the two characters. Sonically and visually stunning, Wilson avoids sentimentality while capturing what it means to be humbled in the presence of grace, contained within the restraint of an elegant, stripped-down line.

Wilson’s most gripping poems weave narrative within other texts and historical documents, collapsing time as they shift our gaze to take in multiple truths and experiences. “Resurrection Sunday,” my favorite poem in the collection, exhibits precision and control as we are taken from a present moment of witnessing the past, showing how history is alive and pulsing in every action, every image:

          I’m so there. I’m so not there

          or here alone. See the boy in overalls: cross-legged
          & wedged in the corner between two walls
          of books. He stares as Claude Neal’s limp tongue

          holds his own limpness on the fading page
          of one dusty tome, Claude’s sockets fixed
          on some constellation the boy wishes

          he could decipher. Claude’s body—chiseled
          & mangled—hangs in an oak by a rope. There is nothing
          in this body we can desire, & we want.

          We want a body, not mangled like ours,
          we can love without shame. The boy feels
          so small in his body, its scars that beckon

          stares & gasps/ I am he, doubled in size
          & solemnity. I churn. I am an ocean
          of want. This video’s hustler must do. (13)
             
While the connection between watching a pornography video and looking at a picture of a lynching is in itself brutal and affecting, it is the way that Wilson complicates the form that makes the material bleed from the page. As we are directed to look through the speaker’s gaze, our view repeatedly shifts between settings until the man in the photograph becomes the man in the video, the contexts blurred to reveal the ways that body and spirit are violated throughout history. At the end, “Resurrection Sunday” becomes almost a blueprint for the collection, presenting a sensuality and desire for a “different kind of holy, a sacreligion” that allows us to be ourselves, to claim our history and our bodies.

Sacrilegion models, for me, the different modes and possibilities of writing sensuality, how re-writing the body is to rewrite the world. The sensual is not confined to sex, nor is sex always defined by sensuality, and the inversion of tired images and tropes allows for a new language, wide enough to hold our multitudes.

The writing of sensuality becomes even more compelling when set within hostile and/or sterile environments. Many of Wilson’s poems are grounded in the experience of being isolated and moving through the world in search of connection while fighting to protect one’s wholeness and integrity. Healing comes in moments of exchange with strangers, such in “A Patch of Blue in Tennleytown”: “She catches me staring, & I wave / my limp wrist, an SOS.” Or in “A Prayer for the Phlebotomist” where the speaker contrasts the grace of his phlebotomist with the canned, contrived “holiness” of Charlton Heston. The affect is to feel viscerally how we need each other, and how terrifying that is. In the end, the collection is a testament to bravery and decency in a world that wants us to fear our own bodies and each other. Through his vulnerability and clear vision, Wilson celebrates the integrity of looking at the world straight on while also gazing beyond: being rooted in the body and the spirit.

After reading Sacrilegion, the book beating in my hands like a second heart, I felt alive the way I feel after coming into contact with any source of duende: grateful for the intimacy and grace found in the lines and inspired to be clear-eyed and brave in my own writing, as in the final poem, “Ars Poetica: Nov. 7, 2008”: “See. I am not afraid of facing you, or me.”
 
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Sylvia Plath once remarked, “I think writers are the most narcissistic people. Well, I mustn’t say this, I like many of them, a great many of my friends are writers.” To be a narcissist or, rather, one who is deeply in love with oneself – even excessively – might be considered an act of revolution, especially in an age when many marginalized people in our world have been tutored in the ways of self-hatred.

To be a writer, to be one who is attuned to reading and reinterpreting the metaphors of life and death, ugliness and beauty, and truth and deceit, is to be engaged in a narcissistic endeavor precisely because writers create worlds drawn from the reservoir of their imaginations. I think poets, like all writers, are narcissistic. And like Plath, I like a great many of them. Indeed, some are my friends.

L. Lamar Wilson is one those great writer-friends who is, as he notes, “prone to arrogant behavior”: a black-queer-(dis)abled-praying poet whose personhood might be rendered illegible in a world often organized around whiteness, heterosexuality, and able-bodied privilege. It seems logical, then, that arrogance is used to counteract processes of invisibility. And what better way to animate oneself and one’s imagined world than through the word, through poetry.

I recently interviewed Wilson, a 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, who has poems published or forthcoming in journals and anthologies, such as jubilat, African American Review, Callaloo, Rattle, Vinyl, The 100 Best African-American Poems and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. Wilson is the winner of the 2011 Beau Boudreaux Poetry Prize, and was twice a finalist for the New Letters Poetry Prize. Wilson’s first book, Sacrilegion, was chosen as the winner of the 2012 Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series and is hot off the presses as you read. In what follows, Wilson talks Sacrilegion, poetry, life, love, and liberation.

Let’s begin with your context–that which informs your work, your walk: Who are you?

I am an introvert who overanalyzes everything. I am a man of many words, words that are just enough for saying what I must say my way, though they may be excessive to some. Thank God for Gwendolyn Brooks, June Jordan, Brenda Marie Osbey, Thylias Moss, Claudia Rankine and other masters of the long lyric line and long poem. A good epic is hard to find.

I am prone to tell on myself. The first words in the first poem in Sacrilegion say a lot about me: “I talk too much.”

Where are you from? What life experiences tend to register in your writing?

I have three spaces in three cities I must account for each month, but home will always be that modest brick house on that expansive farm in that quiet, North Florida hamlet, Marianna, where acres upon acres of land lie fallow. It’s been in my post-Emancipation family for about five generations.

I am one who gets asked “pray for me” a lot, but who is rarely offered prayer, except by elderly women, of whom there aren’t enough in my life these days. Those dearly departed raised me well, though, so I oblige the seekers. I was raised to have a healthy Jesus complex; being “like Jesus” (which I deduced as having to be “perfect” at everything I did) was my No. 1 priority for far too long. On the one hand, I got what I prayed for: I’ve literally been told “You remind me of black Jesus” for most of my young adult life, especially the last 12 years of growing interlocked hair that now slaps the small of my back as I walk. Men moving in to kiss me and strangers riddled with chemical addictions alike have called me Jesus. Funny, though, not many church folk have noted the resemblance since I told them I kiss men amorously, which didn’t start happening until I was of legal drinking age, by the way. (Alas, I’m a recovering prude, or, as is PC to say, a very late bloomer.)

The exceptions, of course, are queer men in the black churches in which I’ve grown up, and many of my lovers have been. We are a legion of Jesus freaks. We commit what those who don’t understand call sacrilege. We can’t help it. Many of my lovers have, in fact, have been ministers and have said, “Don’t tell nobody.” Most have said, “I can’t fuck Jesus” only to invert those words and beg for me to be their bodies’ lord and savior in a matter of minutes, if only for one night. All have ended up slinking away in shame, hours, days, weeks later. Most have said they weren’t married; it took a while for me to discern when one was lying. The bold have brandished their bands, which keeps at least some people from asking questions. Not me. I ask. They usually balk when I tell them I don’t get down with mendacity. I can, however, be naïve, or at least I know how to pretend to be when the yen for touch calls. You see, that spiritual desire that drives the human mind will lead it to lie to the flesh, tell it what it doesn’t deserve, shouldn’t taste, shouldn’t want, but the flesh is strong and will have its way.

At the center of every poem I wrote in Sacrilegion, then, is an intense desire to articulate this yearning to feel both the love of a divine force, which the Greeks call agape, and the love of another human’s touch, which we know as eros. To love, as I was taught, everybody. To want to love on every body you meet, and not all sexually, either. To be, daresay, polyamorous. To embrace the complexity of what that means.

To this end, I am a womanist. I prefer this to “black male feminist”; I feel no need to affirm my masculinity in owning my love of the Colored, mannish women who reared me, whose spirit I carry with me everywhere I go. I found a deeper love of God and self in embracing Alice Walker’s lessons in In Search of Mother’s Gardens and Audre Lorde’s “Uses of the Erotic.”

But here’s where my art-making gets tricky: My flesh – which encodes and signifies the physical elements of my holy, erotic power – is abled differently. Because of a congenital condition, Erb’s palsy, I have to do with one hand what others do with two. It took 30 years to own this (dis)ability; I mean, I explained it away at every turn when I was unsuccessful at hiding it. Saying I was “paralyzed” made it true, and my family and I vowed never to own any weakness. Which goes part and parcel, I suspect, with how my ancestors had the unmitigated gall to march into banks and keep buying more of what they knew would give their children’s children the ultimate freedom: acres of land, a queer, black space free of the white, patriarchal gaze, with all of its guilt and shame. I call it odd, queer, because in it there was no guilt or shame for my differently abled flesh. Outside that space, however, I was verbally assailed mercilessly, in large part, ironically, by other brown and black boys and men. But I am prone, like my grandmother and her grandmother, to arrogant behavior, to doing that which others say I can’t or shouldn’t, based on the limitations they perceive in my way.

 Sacrilegion, then, is a collection of formal and free-verse poetic movements and lyrical ballads organized around notions of embodiment, transcendence, place, raciality and sexuality. What was your vision for the book?

Sacrilegion is an exorcism of the “demons” of perfectionism and respectability, the necessary evils that gave my people a semblance of freedom, and here I mean my nuclear family, who had the audacity to buy the land on which their people had been slaves, and my greater African American families, particularly my Southern black hyper-religious families, who had the audacity to sing into being a belief in Jesus that was co-determinant with a belief in their own liberation, to say, “White America, you’ve been using God’s name in vain; let me show you what my Jesus can do.” In this way, these “demons” were once necessary components for our collective sense of spiritual wholeness in a time when we were deemed subhuman, second-class citizens. We decided they were essential for us to plumb the depths of agape and eros at our disposal so that we might be Jesus’ ambassadors in a wicked, oppressive world.

Sacrilegion is obsessed with what was an unspoken, haunting conundrum for so long in my life and in the lives of my people, and it dares my families to go with its speakers into this very queer space in which we find our twenty-first century lives. Far too many of my cosmopolitan, self-aggrandizing loved ones think they must be “post-_____ (black? Southern? religious?),” to keep their faiths and queerness private, in order to actualize an American consciousness unhinged by the specter of chattel slavery and this persistent strain of homophobia that agape and eros have yet to cure. Sacrilegion probes its speakers’  journeys–ones very close to mine, others historical, all (re)imagined, some fictively–with hubris and humiliation, those dichotomous realities that manifest in flesh not unlike my own, which is at once revered as holy and reviled as undesirable.

What “work” do you expect the book to do in the world?

I want it to be widely legible. From its title – which can be pronounced, I pray, at least two ways – to each poem inside its covers, Sacrilegion is invested in the tactility and plasticity of America’s languages, not only the Southern black Englishes I grew up speaking, but also Spanish, Spanglish, Yoruba, and other African diasporic tongues that have (re)shaped ours. I was recently interviewed by students in Romania, who had discovered my poems through playwright and scholar Rebecca Nesvet, a mutual friend in my Ph.D. program, and I was amazed at the extent to which they got how religious oppression makes one feel, that what I articulated of my rural U.S. South experience with God resonated with their Eastern European experiences with the divine.

In this way, what I mean, more simply, is that I want to be accessible to the church people I grew up I loving, who don’t normally engage poetry, to penetrate their mental blocks and social bubbles, and to resonate with scholarly, MFA-friendly readers, who often eschew emotionally transparent, “confessional”, religious verse. Hopefully, all will see and feel the implicit complexities in the poems and their speakers’ subject positions. I hope I am pushing forward a long-standing tradition of conversations with idealized/idolized divine, conversations that were once quite common in poetry.

Most of all, I pray that Sacrilegion lets my queer, black, (dis)abled, and faith-filled families know someone is out here on the battlefield, telling his truths and hopefully offering a glimpse of theirs, too.

Finally, as I’ve said in other interviews, the specter of HIV/AIDS has haunted me most of my life. As a child, I watched it destroy loved ones and watched others’ humanity be destroyed by their fear and loathing of what they didn’t understand. And in this nation that is insistent upon policing black male flesh – of making black men guilty until proven innocent of a crime – we have legalized ignorance and fear of those men who choose to experience eros with other men and keep those choices private. As much as we want to say that this “Know Your Status” campaign is an epistemology of empowerment, it is equally a “Prove Your Innocence” campaign. As current laws in many states stand, those living with this virus and its illnesses are in peril of being found guilty of attempted murder at any moment someone says “S/he didn’t tell me.” Emerging in a twenty-first-century moment that is so steeped in the rhetoric of hope around this virus, Sacrilegion aims to articulate how it feels to contend with the cruel optimism one deemed a potential criminal knows intimately.

It is my hope that my work forces us to face our fears of HIV/AIDS. Life has brought me intimately close to facing my own, and I hope Sacrilegion gives readers their own sublime experience in the mirror.

You’ve noted elsewhere that the writing of poetry is one of your “obsessions.” Can you say more about poetry’s force in your life and its enchanting power?

The economy that writing poetry requires has helped me get out of the way of my words and has transformed the missionary impulse I learned in the church to cultivate into that of witness(ing). Everything I feel I need to explain here, in this prose, is palpable in my poems without explanation. That’s why I return to poetry, its forms and formal irreverence, early and often.

Writing poetry, and Sacrilegion in particular, has affirmed this truth I cling to with an exacting certainty: Every body, all flesh, is a mirror, and, as Mama and Daddy taught me, a mirror is a terrible thing to waste.

You see, I have always been a voyeur, and I have almost always loved looking at my naked flesh in mirrors. This important lesson – of knowing one’s flesh is a mirror image of the multifaceted divine – is the reason I only embrace my complex ontology as a gift now. For years, I walked through this world feeling cursed by my polyamorous Jesus complex, by my paralysis, by this unwelcome companion; many of my kindred that I encounter still do. Writing Sacrilegion helped me excavate the feeling of being blessed with a curse.

 Which poets, works, inspire you? And, which, if any, helped to shaped Sacrilegion?

Mrs. Mable Banks, Mrs. Nellie Hubbard, Mrs. Lola M. Cason, and my dearest beloveds, Eldorado Marie “Tudda” Long Grandberry Smith and Mary “MaMary” Elizabeth Long Wilson, laid such a firm foundation and gave me a clear charge to keep. These women, who never spoke of a desire to be known beyond Jackson County, Florida, knew how to tell a story, how to pace their voices and where to put the emphasis, which we call “your weight” back home. They taught me well. As for my formal education, “Resurrection Sunday” and “Substantia Nigra,” two of the most important poems in the book for me, would not have been written had I not read Helene Johnson’s “A Southern Road.” Lucille Clifton’s Book of Light and Mercy and the personae of our African American master-ventriloquists (Ai, Sterling Brown, Fenton Johnson, and James Weldon Johnson) gave me the courage to commit sacrilege: to re-imagine Lot’s daughters as incest victims, not perpetrators, as it is written in our alleged Good Book; to empathize with a sex worker turned sociopathic murderer; to consider HIV a contemporary Legion, wandering through this wasteland, this graveyard that is post-1980s black America, looking for mirrors, hungry for God’s love, too.

Sacrilegion would not exist without the ambivalent horror in Lucy Terry Prince’s “Bars Fight,” without Various Subjects and Phillis Wheatley’s exegetical interventions in it, without Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s Aunt Chloe poems. Gary Fisher’s posthumous musings (thank you, Eve Sedgwick!), Essex Hemphill’s Ceremonies and Melvin Dixon’s Love’s Instruments especially paved the way for this book. As much as I love Elizabeth Alexander’s poetry and essays, I love her most for making sure Dixon’s voice has a life after his untimely death. Nikki Giovanni’s The Women and the Men, Marilyn Nelson’s The Homeplace and Mama’s Promises, Moss’s Rainbow Remnants in Rock Bottom Ghetto Sky, Rita Dove’s Mother Love, Yusef Komunyakaa’s Magic City, Rankine’s The End of the Alphabet, and Mary Oliver’s Thirst are as vital to me as Sharon Olds’s Satan Says, Marie Howe’s What the Living Do, D.A. Powell’s Tea and Rilke’s Book of Hours, which gave Sacrilegion its epigraph. I love H.D.’s Hymen, all things Elizabeth Bishop and Anne Sexton, especially the latter’s “Lonely Ballad of the Masturbator.”  I love String Light by C.D. Wright. I love Fred Moten’s B. Jenkins and W.S. Merwin’s The Pupil, all that e.e. cummings, Harryette Mullen and Ed Roberson have given us. I could go on and on about the books I read in the four years I worked on Sacrilegion, all of which I cherish and keep near at all times. I am an insatiable, voracious bibliophile.

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Nicole Cuddeback 03-07-08

 

Steve Davenport 03-29-2010

 

Steve Davenport 05-07-2013

 

Cortney Davis 05-03-09

 

Geffrey Davis 09-09-2014

 

Todd Davis 03-10-2014

 

Todd Davis 11-01-2010

 

James Dickey 03-12-2012

 

Katy Didden 03-24-2014

 

Stephen Dobyns 02-26-2012

 

Elizabeth Dodd 09-05-08

 

Karen Donovan 04-15-07

 

Mark Doty 04-11-08

 

Stephen Dunn 11-09-02010

 

Lynn Emanuel 08-30-2010

 

Lynnell Edwards 11-22-2010

 

B. H. Fairchild  09-04-09

 

Andrew Feld 11-04-2014

 

Elyse Fenton 04-25-2011

 

Nick Flynn 01-28-2012

 

Nick Flynn 10-04-2010

 

Rachel Contreni Flynn 04-10-2011

 

Carolyn Forche 09-21-07

 

Carrie Fountain 03-21-2011

 

Ross Gay 11-29-2012

 

James Galvin 04-02-2013

 

James Galvin 02-23-07

 

Margaret Gibson 01-24-10

 

Mary Jo Firth Gillett 02-22-08

 

Dana Gioia 03-18-2013

 

Dana Gioia 08-23-2010

 

Eugene Gloria  02-04-2013

 

Eugene Gloria 09-20-08

 

Louise Gluck 03-17-2010

 

Kevin Goodan 08-29-08

 

Matthew Graham 11-28-2010

 

Robert Grunst 04-14-2014

 

Robert Grunst 11-16-07

 

Bruce Guernsey 9-13-2011

 

Elizabeth Hadaway 06-15-07

 

John Haines 11-01-2011

 

Donald Hall 02-10-07

 

Sam Hamill 10-02-2013

 

Sarah Hannah 11-25-2011

  

C. G. Hanzlicek 04-23-2012

 

Jeff Hardin 10-09-2013

 

Jeff Hardin 08-10-07

 

Elizabeth Haukaas 09-13-2011

 

Brooks Haxton 03-08-10

 

Seamus Heaney 09-03-2013

 

Seamus Heaney 09-11-09

 

Jamey Hecht 12-05-2010

 

Kurt Heinzelman 03-31-2014

 

Bob Hicok 10-25-2011

 

 

Edward Hirsch 11-11-2014

 

Cornelia Hoogland 02-17-2014

 

Andrew Hudgins 11-21-09

 

Richard Hugo 9-10-2012

 

 

Lynda Hull 05-20-07

 

T.R. Hummer 10-28-2013

 

Henry Israeli 01-23-2011

 

Major Jackson 05-02-2010

 

Mark Jarman 10-19-08

 

Luke Johnson 09-30-2014

 

Rodney Jones 10-26-09

 

Barbara Jordan 02-02-09

 

Judy Jordan 11-06-2012

 

Anna Journey 09-10-2013

 

Ilya Kaminsky 11-18-2011

 

Julia Kasdorf 11-11-2013

 

Aby Kaupang 04-21-2014

 

Daniel Khalastchi 8-30-2011

 

Brigit Pegeen Kelly 10-12-08

 

Terry Kennedy 10-28-2014

 

Jane Kenyon 04-01-07

 

Suji Kwock Kim 11-09-2011

 James Kimbrell 04-07-2010

James Kimbrell 01-19-07

 

Galway Kinnell 11-09-07

 

Yusef Komunyakaa 07-15-07

 

Stephanie Lenox 04-15-2013

 

Eleanor Lerman 11-02-08

 

Mari L'Esperance  02-11-2013

 

Phil Levine 06-03-07

 

Larry Levis 04-04-08

 

Larry Levis 02-08-2010

 

Lisa Lewis 02-11-2012

 

Sandy Longhorn 04-26-08

 

Al Maginnes 03-17-2014

 

Corey Marks 09-18-2012

 

Corey Marks 10-03-07

 

Adrian Matejka 04-18-08

 

Davis McCombs 01-18-08

 

Jeffrey McDaniel 10-08-2011

 

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum 02-24-2014

 

Campbell McGrath 04-06-2014

 

Michael McGriff 02-22-09

 

Marc McKee 11-06-2012

 

Jay Meek 01-16-2010

 

Erika Meitner 10-21-2013

 

Joanne Merriam 08-20-2013

 

Anne Michaels 01-18-09

 

Nils Michals 02-29-08

 

Wayne Miller 04-30-2012

 

Keith Montesano 12-12-2010

 

Malena Morling 05-12-08

 

Simone Muench 02-08-08

 

Sharon Olds 02-22-07

 

Sharon Olds 10-19-07

 

Michael Ondaatje 02-01-2010

 

Eric Pankey 09-07-07

 

Gregory Pardlo 06-22-07

 

Ed Pavlic 09-28-07

 

Ed Pavlic 08-28-2012

 

Oliver de la Paz 02-15-2010

 

Lucia Perillo 12-04-09

 

Nathaniel Perry 10-07-2014

 

Catherine Pierce 09-04-2012

 

Catherine Pierce 04-18-2011

 

Jon Pineda 04-09-2012

 

Donald Platt 02-15-08

 

Joshua Poteat 03-13-2011

 

Joshua Poteat 11-3-09

 

Wyatt Prunty 02-20-2011

 

Dean Rader 03-07-2011

 

Amy Randolph 03-01-09

 

Robert Randolph 12-12-09

 

Roger Reeves 10-14-2014

 

Paisley Rekdal 03-04-2013

 

Adrienne Rich 04-20-2010

 

Doren Robbins 10-30-2012

 

Joshua Robbins 11-04-2013

 

Joshua Robbins 11-16-2010

 

David Roderick 12-07-07

 

Bobby C. Rogers 02-04-2012

 

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers 08-18-2014

 

Pattiann Rogers 3-21-08

 

Ever Rohan Saskya 10-09-2012

 

Steve Scafidi 10-09-09

 

Jim Schley 10-19-09

 

Jeffrey Schultz 09-25-2012

 

Will Schutt 09-23-2014

 

Tim Seibles 10-08-07

 

Glenn Shaheen 10-23-2012

 

David Shumate 10-26-08

 

Martha Silano 04-29-2013

 

Ron Slate 04-22-2013

 

Dave Smith 04-10-09

 

Maggie Smith 10-23-2012

 

Megan Snyder-Camp  02-18-2013

 

Katherine Soniat 12-06-2012

 

Katherine Soniat 01-21-2012

 

Katherine Soniat 11-30-07

 

Gary Soto 03-23-07

 

Mark Sullivan 08-28-09

 

Mathias Svalina 04-02-2012

Frank Stanford 10-25-2010

Mark Strand 02-22-2010

 

Mark Svenvold 03-23-09

 

Ryan Teitman 09-24-2013

 

Daniel Nathan Terry 01-28-2013

 

Robert Thomas 05-03-2011

 

Seth Brady Tucker 02-25-2013

 

Brian Turner 05-13-07

 

Joshua Vinzant 01-30-2011

 

Tribute to Virginia Tech 04-24-07

 

Connie Voisine 10-1-2011

 

Mark Wagenaar 04-28-2014

 

Stacey Waite 03-25-2013

 

Charles Harper Webb 12-09-2013

 

Charles Harper Webb 10-12-07

 

David Wevill 03-27-2011

 

C.K. Williams 05-25-07

 

Susan B.A. Somers-Willett 06-29-07

 

 

David Wojahn 11-18-2013

 

Charles Wright 01-27-07

 

Robert Wrigley 10-11-2010

 

Robert Wrigley 08-17-07

 

Robert Wrigley 04-09-07

 

Robert Wrigley 02-03-07

 

Jake Adam York 10-02-2012