Books That Rocked Me in 2009

Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind by Chavisa Woods

Freedom in This Village edited by E. Lynn Harris

Jezebel by Leslie Hazelton

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Quiver by Susan Somers-Willett

Body Betrayer by Beckian Fritz Goldberg

Lark & Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips

Some of Us Did Not Die by June Jordan

Let the Dead Bury Their Dead by Randall Kenan

Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison

If Birds Gather Your Hair For Nesting by Anna Journey

Ordinary Genius by Kim Addonizio

Orpheus in the Bronx by Reginald Shepherd

What the Right Hand Knows by Tom Healy


2 responses to “Books That Rocked Me in 2009

  1. good prose writing really inspires me to write poetry 🙂
    think I have secretly always wanted to be a prose writer…

  2. I haven’t finished Some of Us Did Not Die. Each year I peak into it and read an essay here, a poem there. We’ve been discussing Kindred on Twitter. Try us at We’ve had some slackers (didn’t finish reading on time) but add your questions/comments to the stream.

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