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Shirley Jackson, Francine Prose
No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs
Naomi Klein
Progress: 158/528 pages
"I want to perform an unnatural act."

- Lenny Bruce

"I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative. I don't like anything in the mainstream and they don't like me."

- Bill Hicks

"I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.’” Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, “We’re the So-and-Sos,” take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it’s unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don’t participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant."

-George Carlin

"The more I see, the less I know for sure."

- John Lennon


Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years - Philip Rowland, James Kacian, Allan Burns, Billy Collins

There are so many versions of the poetic form of haiku that it's impossible for anyone not to find something they love, or something that at least speaks to them. I was happy to see I found fresh voices among those I already know of in this book.


A selection of works from this book that I'd call my favorites:


Thin air! My mind is gone.

- Yvor Winters




Suicide's Note


The calm, 

Cool face of the river

Asked me for a kiss.

- Langston Hughes



Somewhere behind me, 

seeming in dark-silence

to feel a slow coiling.

- Foster Jewell



The earth shakes

just enough

to remind us.

- Steve Sanfield



on a plaque

in the enemy's museum

names of our dead

- John J. Dunphy



Other poets that stand out/new favorites:


  • Larry Gates
  • Janice Bostok
  • Bill Pauly
  • William M. Ramsey
  • David Steele
  • Andre Duhaime
  • Eve Luckring
  • Shawn McMurtagh
  • Peter Newton
  • Helen Buckingham