Week 4, Day 7: No Surprises / by Diana Khoi Nguyen

  • Mark Levine's Debt and Enola Gay (reread, so counts as 0.5 each) [DONE]
  • Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space
  • C.D. Wright's Steal Away  [DONE]
  • John Berrymans' The Dream Songs [HALFWAY]
  • Rainer Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies [DONE!]

While I should/maybe be proud of what I've pummeled through for this week, I'm disappointed that I'm not closer to finishing this week's goals. It is possible that I finish The Dream Songs today, but honestly: it's such a downer that my emotional ennui/depression from reading about Henry/Mr Bones is keeping me from moving as a rapid pace.

Depressing to read Berryman's Dream Songs? How surprising, Diana!

I do want to start the Bachelard--so maybe I'll take a break from sad/angry Henry and read about SPACE, which I think is a neutral topic? A girl can hope.

In other unrelated news, this week has been the blasts from the past week. And for a moment in my Berryman-induced-ennui I feared that in x number years, I wouldn't have any persons/moments for which to have future blast(s) from the past. I'm suffering from self-perceived friendlessness.

But what if it is true? I need a new narrative.