We asked MFA alumni publishing books this spring what they’re reading, and what they'd recommend. Here’s what’s on Jake Mooney’s list:
"I’m writing this at the beginning of March, so the only new spring book I’ve read so far is my own. But here's some of the best stuff I’ve come across over the last few months.
I think Terrance Hayes’s How to Be Drawn is an incredible, puzzling, and very dense little book despite all its pop allusions and aphoristic tangents. His incorporation of music (hip hop especially) into the personal narrative pieces is so good that it doesn’t seem right to call it an incorporation, as if the poem existed in a previous form before the allusions. It’s just very natural and true-seeming about it.
More recently, I’ve read this New Yorker piece about the economic and environmental drivers behind the surprising return of airships. It was written by Jeanne Marie Laskas.
With Spring coming, I’m excited about a great number of books. I’m happy there’s a new Madeleine Thien novel and a new Don Delillo novel to read. I’m deeply excited about Ocean Vuong’s debut. Plus oodles of new Canadian poetry titles."
Don't Be Interesting, Jake’s third collection of poetry, will be released by McClelland & Stewart on March 22nd.
Join Jake, and fellow alumni Laurie Graham, for M&S's Toronto poetry launch on April 13th at IFOA, Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace (235 Queens Quay W).