Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Free At Last, Great God Almighty, Free At Last

No, not from the bigot Jerry Falwell, but from my MA studies. I took the oral exam on Monday, passed, and now I'm free to attack an entirely different stack of books, including Brad Gooch's biography of Frank O'Hara, City Poet, a book by Paul Fussell about which I've heard nothing but raves, The Great War and Modern Memory, and another book The Metaphysics Club by Louis Menand. There's also a collection of essays on Charles Wright, High Lonesome, I've been meaning to get back to, as well as Peter Gizzi's new book of poems, and another by Andrew Joron. I'm also hitting up again Jack Gilbert--Views of Jeopardy and Monolithos. I've also got three new poems started, and the new issue of CUE, guest edited by Jason Zuzga, should be out in a matter of weeks. I leave for Jersey in less than a week for a little beach action, a little city time. Definetly looking forward to it.


Anonymous said...

You've probably already heard, but Jack Gilbert published a collection of "selected" poems last year called Transgressions. Published by Bloodaxe (UK), it contains poems from all of his books, including Views of Jeopardy and Monolithos.

Anonymous said...

My congratulations, too, Morgan! Was Middlemarch on your reading list? It was on mine, and I found it one of those books better than life--really, I think it's the Moby Dick of English lit, only not. Heads and shoulders above her other work.

George Shelton

Morgan Lucas Schuldt said...

No, there was no Middlemarching, just a long slog through the middle ages, 16th, 17th and 18th century lit. But I love Moby Dick. I hope to read it again this summer. If not that, then Tristram Shandy