Books that Matter: your lists!
So, you may remember that quite a while ago I wrote this post… and promised to share YOUR ‘Books that Matter’… but I forgot. But it’s not too late! Here are some of your responses!
“Important to me personally:
The Front Runner by Patricia Nell Warren
Punainen Erokirja by Pirkko Saisio
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Moonwalk by Michael Jackson.
On Writing by Stephen King
The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Part 1 by Virginia Woolf.”
– Katja, writer.
“Books that have influenced my writing:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald // The Boy From The Chemist Is Here To See You by Paul Farley // The Harbour Beyond The Movie by Luke Kennard // Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot // Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys // Ariel by Sylvia Plath (though sometimes I wouldn’t like to admit it…) // Beowulf // Sir Gawain and the Green Knight // A Shropshire Lad by A. E. Housman // Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis by Wendy Cope
Probably lots more, but basically I have realised I am a plagiarist! “Influence” is a very forgiving word!”
– Charlotte Runcie, Editor of Pomegranate
“1. Poetry Collections that are important to me:
Harmonium - Wallace Stevens
Collected Poems - James Schuyler
New Collected Poems - Tomas Transtromer
New Collected Poems - W.S. Graham
The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly - Denis Johnson
Collected Poems - T.S. Eliot
View with a Grain of Sand - Wislawa Szymborska
Collected Poems - Edwin Morgan
Selected Poems and Prose - Gerard Manley Hopkins
2. Books about poetry that are important to me:
The Truth of Poetry - Michael Hamburger
20th Century Pleasures - Robert Hass
Lives of the Poets - Michael Schmidt
Best Words, Best Order - Stephen Dobyns
After Confession - Kate Sontag and David Graham
The Sounds of Poetry - Robert Pinsky”
– Rob Mackenzie, poet and critic.
Which books have influenced you? Which are your all-time favourites? What is it that makes a book matter?