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Happy National Poetry Day! In the US, this is the day we celebrate all forms of poetry—the perfect opportunity to share some of my recent favorites. All three are by Edward Hirsch, and I have the Cake & Hyperbull show to blame for that. Co-hostess Amy Zoellers and I have started a challenge each show where we pick a random form out what has become one of my favorites, but it’s $160 for the hardback and $17 for the Kindle version. I sprung for the ebook. So my number one favorite poetry craft book as of today is…

A Poet’s Glossary by Edward Hirsch And here’s why (from Amazon): “Hirsch has delved deeply into the poetic traditions of the world, returning with an inclusive, international compendium. Moving gracefully from the bards of ancient Greece to the revolutionaries of Latin America, from small formal elements to large mysteries, he provides thoughtful definitions for the most important lyrical vocabulary… shot through with the enthusiasm, authority, and sheer delight that made How to Read a Poem so beloved, A Poet’s Glossary is a new classic.” At $160 —$17 for an ebook—if you ever see this in a used bookshop, grab it. You can read more about it on Amazon here.

Which brings me to why this second book is a new favorite, even though I just ordered it. The Essential Poet’s Glossary by Edward Hirsch! Yes! When I went to Amazon today to drool over the expensive original, I found this new version published for a very affordable $9.99. Thank you, Mr. Hirsch—for the good of poetry-kind!

From Amazon: When Edward Hirsch’s A Poet’s Glossary was first published in 2014, it was hailed as “an instant classic that belongs on the bookshelf of every serious poet and literature student.” Now Hirsch selects the most important material from that extraordinary volume for The Essential Poet’s Glossary (The Washington Post)… knowing how a poem works is crucial to unlocking its meaning—entries will deepen readers’ relationships with their favorite poems and open greater levels of understanding in each new poem they encounter.” Read more about it on Amazon here.

And because I tend to go on tangents, my final favorite lately is also by Hirsch: How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry. I’ve been going through this one slowly with the intent to write a review for next National Poetry Month (April 2022). I bought it because I really wanted a hard copy of The Poet’s Glossary, but $160. This was my consolation book. I haven’t gotten far into it, but I can see why Hirsch can command high prices. I look forward to sharing the review.

From Amazon: “Read a poem to yourself in the middle of the night. Turn on a single lamp and read it while you’re alone in an otherwise dark room or while someone sleeps next to you. Say it over to yourself in a place where silence reigns and the din of culture—the constant buzzing noise that surrounds you—has momentarily stopped. This poem has come from a great distance to find you.” So begins this astonishing book… a masterful work by a master poet, this brilliant summation of poetry and human nature will speak to all readers who long to place poetry in their lives but don’t know how to read it.” Read more about it on Amazon here.

Those are the three poetry books I’ve been obsessed with lately. Have you read any books by Hirsch? I haven’t read any of his actual poetry books yet, but I think I need to. If him discussing poetry is this good, I can only imagine how fantastic his poetry is. I just hope they aren’t all $160. That would really Hirsch. 😂


Sharing my book mail, current reads, recent reviews and all the lit news I’ve heard in the last week with a video reading from Naching T. Kassa. You can also view it on my Facebook profile and join the conversation there. By the way, these are affiliate links which go towards Amazon gift cards… and more books! What was covered today:


Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America by Andrew Wang 

The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future by Andrew Wang

Women of the Sacred Groves: Divine Priestesses of Okinawa by Susan Sered https://amzn.to/3kfFZWx

Speak, Okinawa by Elizabeth Miki Brina


Oriental Faddah and Son by Lee Tonouchi


Speak, Okinawa by Elizabeth Miki Brina (Read the review posted here)


Happy Birthday to my youngest son Aaron—22 years old today!

Tortured Willows COVER REVEAL on Sci-Fi and Scary

BRIANT LASLO is the AUTUMN IRON WRITER CHAMPION for 2021. He will be competing again in June 2022 for the title of Iron Writer Champion 2021. You can read his winning VIBRANCY here: https://ironwriters.com/2021/09/13/vibrancy/

Saturday 9-18 at 7:30 pm CST READ FOR PIXELS 2021: Writing Better Men and Tackling Toxic Masculinity in Horror The Pixel Project (www.thepixelproject.net) proudly presents acclaimed Horror authors Errick Nunnally, Kaaron Warren, and Stephen Graham Jones. The session is held in conjunction with the launch of The Pixel Project’s first Read For Pixels charity anthology, “Giving the Devil His Due”.  During this session, Mr Nunnally, Ms. Warren, and Mr Jones will be discussing dismantling toxic masculinity, sexism, and misogyny and writing better male characters in Horror. “Giving the Devil His Due” is available in e-book and paperback from all major booksellers worldwide from September 1st, 2021. Viewers can also donate to get fabulously cool and exclusive goodies for donors to the Read For Pixels 2021 (Fall Edition) fundraiser that will run from 1 September – 15 October. For more details, visit http://bit.ly/Read4Pixels

Sunday 9-19 at 2 pm CST POETRY INSTAGRAM LIVE I’ll be chatting poetry with Amy Zoellers at https://www.instagram.com/hipness_and_outrage/

Tuesday 9-21 at 6 pm CST LIT UP: JEZZY WOLFE The literary spotlight shines on Jezzy Wolfe as we talk about her new book, Monstrum Poetica. Jezzy will be reading. You can find Monstrum Poetica by Jezzy Wolfe on Amazon. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_yjrhAZRfc

The first SPECFAIRe will go live on October 8 https://specfaire.com/

Iron Writers Votes open until 9-30 https://ironwriters.com/

New books will be hard to come by for the rest of the year

Naching T. Kassa reads “Along for the Ride,” her entry for Iron Writers June
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXd-yqWSOOs&t=7s
Read-a-long: https://ironwriters.com/2021/06/11/along-for-the-ride/

Naching T. Kassa is a member of the Horror Writers Association, Head of Publishing for Horroraddicts.net, and an Intern for Crystal Lake Publishing. She resides near the small town of Valley, Washington, with her husband Dan. They are the proud parents of three children and a dog. You can find her on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3AnEMC3