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Reading List 5b of 2018

May 17, 2018

Covers the period from 4.19.2018 through 5.17.18


I/we own 13 of these items. I watched 4 items in the cinema/on Netflix/Amazon/HBO/YouTube/ Vimeo. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 10 of the books and movies. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 18 items.



Poetry collections:

  1. 2Fish by Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo
  2. After the Point of No Return by David Wagoner
  3. Breakwater by Catharine Savage Brosman
  4. Call and Response by Forrest Hamer
  5. Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
  6. Happinesswise by Jonathan Bennett
  7. Honeybee by Naomi Shihab Nye
  8. Intervale by Betty Adcock
  9. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  10. The Logan Notebooks by Rebecca Lindenberg
  11. Mosquito & Ant by Kimiko Hahn
  12. Nature: Poems Old and New by May Swenson
  13. Northern Spy by Chase Twichell
  14. Refuge of Whirling Light by Mary Beath
  15. Seed in Snow | Sēkla sniegā by Knuts Skujenieks, translated from Latvian by Bitite Vinklers
  16. Theories of Falling by Sandra Beasley
  17. Upgraded to Serious by Heather McHugh


Poetry anthologies:

  1. 2018 Pushcart Prize XLII, edited by Bill Henderson, et al.
  2. Contemporary Asian Australian Poets, edited by Adam Aitken, Kim Cheng Boey & Michelle Cahill
  3. The Human Experience: Contemporary American and Soviet Fiction and Poetry [1989]
  4. Poets & Players, edited by Ann Baxandall Krooth [1976]




  1. Blueprints: Bringing Poetry into Communities, edited by Katharine Coles
  2. The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis by David E. Fishman
  3. The Given and the Made: Strategies of Poetic Redefinition by Helen Vendler
  4. Miłosz: A Biography by Andrzej Franaszek, edited & translated from Polish by Aleksandra Parker and Michael Parker
  5. The Practice of Poetry, edited by Robin Behn & Chase Twichell




  1. The Armless Maiden and Other Tales of Childhood’s Survivors, edited by Terri Windling
  2. Call of Fire by Beth Cato
  3. Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee {author is autistic}
  4. The Trespasser by Tana French


Marvel Universe Films:

  1. Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron, written & directed by Joss Whedon
  3. Captain America: Civil War, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo
  4. Spider-Man: Homecoming, directed by Jon Watts


Other Films:

  1. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, written & directed by Alexandra Dean
  2. The Dish, directed by Rob Sitch
  3. The Fabulous Life of Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun, directed by Arnaud Xainte
  4. High School Musical, directed by Kenny Ortega
  5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, directed by Jake Kasdan
  6. Pride & Prejudice, directed by Joe Wright
  7. Sense & Sensibility, directed by Ang Lee



  1. The Art of the Handwritten Note by Margaret Shepherd
  2. Common to this Country: Botanical Discoveries of Lewis and Clark by Susan H. Munger
  3. Living with Plants: A Guide to Indoor Gardening by Sophie Lee
  4. The Three Marriages by David Whyte




Reading List 5a of 2018

May 16, 2018

Covers the period from 4.19.2018 through 5.16.18


I own 2 of these items. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 10 items.

First Nations’ focus; {Women}


Poetry collections:

  1. Billboard in the Clouds by Suzanne S. Rancourt {Abenaki}
  2. Cell Traffic by Heid E. Erdrich {Ojibwe}
  3. Combing the Snakes from His Hair by James Thomas Stevens {Mohawk (Akwesasne)}
  4. The Droning Shaman by Nora Marks Dauenhauer {Tlingit}
  5. In the Presence of the Sun: Stories and Poems, 1961–1991 by N. Scott Momaday {Kiowa}
  6. Milk Black Carbon by Joan Naviyuk Kane {Inupiaq}
  7. Streaming by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke {Cherokee–Creek–Huron}
  8. What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned by Sherman Alexie {Spokane–Coeur D’Alene}


Poetry anthologies:

  1. Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, edited by Allison Hedge Coke {Cherokee–Creek–Huron}
  2. Songs Are Thoughts: Poems of the Inuit, edited by Neil Philip, illustrated by Maryclare Foa
  3. Walking on Earth & Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School, edited by Timothy P. McLaughlin



  • Atlas of Indian Nations by Anton Treuer


Reading List 4 of 2018

April 16, 2018

Covers the period from 4.2.2018 through 4.16.18


I own 5 of these items. I watched 8 items in the cinema/on Netflix/Amazon/HBO/YouTube/ Vimeo. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 7 of the books and movies; I read 5 books at the library of the Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 7 items.




  1. Free Within Ourselves: African-American Artists in the Collection of the National Museum of American Art by Regenia Perry
  2. Landscape: The Story of 50 Favorite Photographs by Charlie Waite
  3. Making Pottery without a Wheel: Texture and Form in Clay by F. C. Ball and Janice Lovoos
  4. More than Land or Sky: Art from Appalachia by Barbara Shissler Nosanow
  5. Royal Portraits by Cecil Beaton [1963]
  6. [Video] Colour Theory by Scott Naismith
  7. [Video] Interview with Myron Barnstone by Tavis Leaf Glover


Artists’ Books:

  1. Four Seasons in a Dry Year by Cathryn Miller of Byopia Press
  2. invisible shores by Danielle Dubrasky of Red Butte Press



  1. American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics, edited by Claudia Rankine and Lisa Sewell
  2. Blue Horses Rush In: Poems and Stories by Luci Tapahonso {FN–Navajo}
  3. Dawnland Voices 2.0: Indigenous Writing from New England and the Northeast, edited by Cheryl Savageau
  4. It is Written: Poems & Illustrated by Elder D. Castañeda {Guatemalan–American; autistic}
  5. Joy: 100 Poems, edited by Christian Wiman
  6. New Selected Poems by Les Murray {Australian; autistic}
  7. Radiance by Barbara Crooker


Marvel Universe Films:

  1. Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler {{#2 & took Spouse to see it for #3}}
  2. Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson
  3. Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi


Other Films/Video:

  1. 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, written & directed by Martin McDonagh {{#1 & #2}}
  2. Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg
  3. Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, directed by Freida Lee Mock
  4. [Series] The Marvelous Maisel {{2nd viewing of the whole series}}
  5. Self-Organization Overview by Complexity Labs



  1. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  2. Jade City by Fonda Lee
  3. Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee {author is autistic}



  1. [Gordon] Lightfoot by Nicholas Jennings
  2. Lincoln’s Dressmaker [Elizabeth Keckley] by Lynda Jones
  3. Women Who Broke the Rules: Mary Todd Lincoln by Kathleen Krull



  1. And She Was by Jessica Verdi
  2. The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, Michelle Schusterman



Dream: 4.7.18

April 7, 2018

I’m somehow an adult near my own age, that is, middle-aged, but I’m also repeating my high school freshman year. For the 3rd time. And it’s not going well.

I’ve apparently been procrastinating all year [in the way of school nightmares everywhere], and now that I’m looking ahead to the last push before the year ends, I’m in a heap of trouble.

I’m talking with someone, telling them how I’ve calculated that, for the next several weeks, I will have to work on my pent-up assignments every day from 8 AM to 9 PM. And finishing in time to be graded will still be cutting it quite closely.


Someone I had hoped to be friends with shows up. She reminds that she’d given me a list of terms for one of her assignments, that I said I would research for her, and now she needs that information back.

That’s when I really panic. Because I know I never did anything — that I’d completely forgotten that I even promised to.

But in my panic, it feels as though if I can find the original piece of paper she gave me, it will somehow prove…. something.

I quickly realize I have no idea where the paper is either. I’m getting evermore frantic, pulling out papers from towering piles — uncovering even more assignments I forgot I still had to do (!), but nothing from her.

She realizes that she will get nothing from me, and graciously excuses herself.

I know I’ve completely blown any chance of impressing her.


Later, I’ve calmed down, and I’m trying to work out the logistics of spending 13 hours a day, every day, on assignments I already didn’t want to do, but now must be done.

I reflect that when I was high school age, I flunked my freshman year, twice. (But somehow was allowed to progress to sophomore year anyway). And now here I am, 40 years later, having to repeat the same crappy year. And I’m gonna fail it again.


Going back to the situation with my would-be friend, I realize that if all my data was indexed, I could find her stuff. I could find anything.

But there are mountains of papers, and books, and data, to be indexed. That would be a truly monumental task, and when would I have time to do it?



In waking life, I did not flunk my high school freshman year, and certainly not twice.

(I did flunk 1 class, an elective, which my parents used as an excuse to wreak havoc on my life.)

Perhaps that is part of the reason that, for 30+ years, my school-nightmare dreams unfold as me having to repeat all 4 years of high school, as an adult (because my parents are insisting), and I’m always failing everything.

In this dream, though, my parents weren’t part of whyever I was retaking the year.


Oh hey, wait a minute. I flunked out of my freshman year of college. Twice. The first time, I was attending most of my classes, at least initially, but I’d signed up for an unmanageable amount of hours (having had no advisors, nor anyone paying attention to me at all), and guess what, I couldn’t magically manage them! So I stopped going to most of them, and just hung out in the college library, looking up random stuff and learning in odd directions. Way more fun.

I was so ignorant I didn’t even know I should’ve dropped some of the classes. I probably could’ve talked to somebody on campus, too, a freshman advisor, or somebody, but… I had no history of an adult actually being interested in helping me with my problems, so it never occurred to me.

So that first semester, by mid-term I really was flunking most of my classes. Then I dropped out.

My second semester, I attended a handful or 2 of class sessions before skipping right to hanging out for hours in the college library. I progressed to driving around OKC, closer than Edmond (where the school was); and finally, sitting at ‘home’ being terrorized by my cousin.

Both times, college was something other people wanted for me — that I had no interest in myself. Going along with what they wanted was not going to gain me anything I wanted, but I had no idea what to do instead.

So I dragged my feet, passively resisting, until I failed their objectives for me.


Is there something in my current life with a similar dynamic?


At college age, if I wasn’t going to continue with school, my parents said I had to join the armed services, or work a fast food job. But I couldn’t do what I wanted, which was noodle around, trying a bunch of jobs until I figured out things that I liked and didn’t like.

I didn’t have any data about myself, and I instinctively knew I would need some before I could generate ideas about anything.

This turns out to be a valid approach, called abductive reasoning, which I stumbled across much later.

After essentially studying myself and my own processes for many years, I now know “having a plan” is not where I start. Instead, I start small, by experimenting with what’s immediately at hand. It generally takes months of experiments, if not years, before I get ideas about how whatever-I’m-doing could progress to a next level.

I think this approach is consistent with self-organization.

Along the way, I may come up with labels for what I think an umbrella overview seems to be, but none of those labels are equivalent to a plan. I don’t naturally generate plans, and I’ve never really figured out how they are generated.


The indexing seemed significant.

I’ve long been considering indexing my daybooks, which I’ve now been keeping for 10+ years.

I’ve also created a spreadsheet with metadata fields for my 200+ poems, but haven’t yet hit on an ideal system for displaying that data.

I’ve long had a remote sensing poster of the Chesapeake Bay on a wall in my studio, along with a map of the Great Lakes. I recently began an information design assemblage on an adjacent blank wall.


I’ve also been reading and thinking a lot, and researching various gaps in my knowledge.


Maybe it’s time to turn from preparing to doing.

Reading List 3 of 2018

March 29, 2018

Covers the period from 3.10.2018 through 3.28.2018


I/we own 2 of these items. I watched 9 items in the cinema/on Netflix/Amazon/HBO/YouTube. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 2 of the books and movies; libraries in other parts of Maryland, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 7.


{Women of color creators; men of color creators; white women creators}


RESEARCH ~ Art & Design:

  1. Amalia Amaki: Boxes, Buttons, and the Blues by Andrea D. Barnwell {A.A. named herself}
  2. Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women’s Dresses, edited by Emil Her Many Horses
  3. Originals: American Women Artists by Eleanor Munro [1979] {some artists are women of color, but the majority are white}
  4. The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art, edited by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee



  1. A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay
  2. Coco, directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
  3. Love, Simon, directed by Greg Berlanti
  4. The Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro
  5. [Series] The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, created & directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino


2018 Oscar nominated short films:

  1. Dear Basketball, created & narrated by Kobe Bryant, directed by Glen Keane
  2. Garden Party, directed by Théophile Dufresne, et al.
  3. Negative Space, directed by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata
  4. Silent Child, directed by Chris Overton



  1. City of Brass by A. Chakraborty
  2. City of Refuge by Starhawk
  3. Company Town by Madeline Ashby {Canadian}
  4. Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal


Living well:

  1. Prosilience: Building Your Resilience for a Turbulent World by Linda L. Hoopes {Mensan}
  2. The Symbolic and the Real, 2nd, by Ira Progoff
  3. The Practice of Process Meditation by Ira Progoff


Reading List 2 of 2018

March 9, 2018

Covers the period from 2.11.2018 through 3.9.2018


I/we own 1 of these items. I watched 6 items in the cinema/on Netflix/Amazon/HBO/YouTube. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 6 of the books and movies; libraries in other parts of Maryland, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 12.


{Black women creators; Black men creators; (non-Black) women creators}


RESEARCH ~ Art & Design:

  1. Carr, O’Keeffe, Kahlo: Places of Their Own by Sharyn Rohlfsen Udall
  2. Identity Unknown: Rediscovering 7 American Women Artists* by Donna Seaman
  3. Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, edited by Eugenie Tsai


* Gertrude Abercrombie, Joan Brown, Loïs Mailou Jones, Ree Morton, Louise Nevelson, Christina Ramberg, Lenore Tawney


RESEARCH ~ Photography:

  1. 50 Portraits by Gregory Heisler
  2. A Female Focus: Great Women Photographers by Margot F. Horwitz
  3. Image Makers, Image Takers by Anne-Celine Jaeger
  4. Personal Vision: Photographs by Adger W. Cowans
  5. Portraits, 2nd edition by Steve McCurry
  6. [Video] Profoto: The Light Albert Watson Shapes




  1. Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler
  2. Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright {only because 3/2 storm knocked out our electricity for 2 days}
  3. Maren Hassinger… Dreaming – Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
  4. The Greatest Showman, directed by Michael Gracey
  5. [TV] 1968: The Story of Olympic Achievement & Cultural Legacy, narrated by Serena Williams



  1. Beetle Boy by Margaret Willey
  2. The Greenhouse by Audur Ava Olafsdottir, translated from Icelandic by Brian FitzGibbon
  3. My Father’s Wives by Mike Greenberg
  4. The Senator’s Children by Nicholas Montemarano



  1. [Presentation] Green Burial in Maryland, by Jane Berkow
  2. Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
  3. Jackie, Janet & Lee by J. Randy Taraborelli
  4. Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process, edited by Joe Fassler
  5. My Ideal Bookshelf, edited by Thessaly La Force, art by Jane Mount
  6. Roadhouse Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Texas R&B by Hugh Gregory
  7. Waveform: 21st Century Essays by Women, edited by Marcia Aldrich


Reading List 1 of 2018

February 9, 2018

Covers the period from 1.20.2018 through 2.9.18


I own 12 of these items. I watched 4 items in the cinema/on Netflix/Amazon/HBO/YouTube/ Vimeo. I read 1 book at the library of the Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 10 items.

{By design, lots of women this period.}



  1. Battle of the Sexes, directed by Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton
  2. Lineas 1, by Marsia Alexander-Clarke
  3. Pasando 4, by Marsia Alexander-Clarke
  4. The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg



  1. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  2. Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
  3. Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
  4. Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold
  5. The Fox by Sherwood Smith
  6. King’s Shield by Sherwood Smith
  7. Treason’s Shore by Sherwood Smith


Poetry ~ Journals:

  1. Spoon River Review, Winter 2017
  2. Tin House, Issue 74


RESEARCH ~ Photography | Portraiture:

  1. Edouard Boubat {monograph} {in French}
  2. In Real Life: 6 Women Photographers by Leslie Sills
  3. Joyce Tenneson: A Life in Photography, 1968–2008
  4. Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment
  5. On the Body: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham, text by Richard Lorenz
  6. Portraits and Figures: Developing Style in Creative Photography by Terry Hope
  7. Self-Portrait Photography by Natalie Dybisz, aka Miss Aniela
  8. Women Photographers, edited by Constance Sullivan


Art & Design:

  1. Action/Abstraction: Pollock, De Kooning, and American Art, 1940–1976, edited by Norman L. Kleeblatt
  2. Cubism by Cynthia Mines
  3. The Encyclopedia of Illustration Techniques by Catherine Slade
  4. Grace Hartigan: A Painter’s World by Robert Saltonstall Mattison
  5. Hungry for Light: The Journal of Ethel Schwabacher, edited by Brenda S. Webster and Judith Emlyn Johnson
  6. Janet Marsh’s Nature Diary by Janet Marsh [1979]