Recently, after I complained about my less than admirable eating habits, a friend suggested that I keep a diary of what I eat. The idea is that the process of recording my meals would allow me to become more conscious of what I’m taking in and, presumably, push me toward better eating habits. This is a great idea.
I’m not doing it.
Instead though, I’ve decided to keep a Reader’s Diary of the various poems, essays, news articles, book chapters and blog posts I consume on a daily basis. Sure, I could use Good Reads, but the thought of joining one more social network is just more than I can take. I don’t know if keeping this diary will make me read “better,” but – at a minimum – it will be interesting to see if, in retrospect, I’ll be able to identify direct connections between what I read and what I eventually write. I’ll try to provide links to what I’ve read when possible.
The individual diary entries will initially appear as blog posts, then appear on the “Reader’s Diary” page as a kind of archive. I’m excited! Are you excited? I mean, it’s okay if you’re not excited, but – honestly – you probably should be.
Day 1: March 25, 2012
- “Woman Shot by Off-Duty Officer Dies” via ABC Local
- “June Jordan Speaks Out Against the 1991 Gulf War” via History Is A Weapon
- “You Who are the Bureacrats of Empire, Remember Who We Are” by Don Mitchell via History Is A Weapon
- “On Sentimentality & Complexity” by Kevin Prufer via About A Word
- “In the Poem” by Ross Gay via About a Word
- “Craft Note: The Aubade: Poem of Beginnings” by Jake Adam York & Tarfia Faizullah via the Kenyon Review Blog
- “Aubade” by Lynda Hull via Sweetney
- “Aubade” by Philip Larkin
- “Aubade with a Book & a Rattle from a String of Pearls” by Oliver de la Paz via From the Fishouse
- “Waking, 2:34” by David Wojahn via Poetry 365