Hinge & Sign – Heather McHugh
This collection is ripe with rewarding, memorable wordplay. I encountered this book in my first undergraduate poetry workshop, taught by Annie Finch, in 1997.
A Bernadette Mayer Reader – Bernadette Mayer
A raw, sensual, masterful, confusing, eloquent, inventive, and highly-charged series of free verse poems and sonnets. It’s just so exciting to adventure through and through.
Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson
I read this book-length Y/A verse at age 40. Truly beautiful and harrowing, the poetic framing warms even the most difficult content in this humbling reading experience.
Tremolo – Spencer Short
Could almost be filed in my record collection. I reach for this book often in times of emotional upheaval simply because this book once found me being very wrong at the right time.
Paroles – Jacques Prévert
I have a minor in French but have never been outside the US. These post-war poems are so wonderfully unusual in their detail but firmly human and almost always timely.
K Weber has 4 self-published books of poetry online for free which include audio versions. Her writing has been featured in Moonchild Magazine, Writer’s Digest, Black Bough Poetry, Memoir Mixtapes, Detritus Online, and more. Her photographs appear in several publications. She is currently working on a digital chapbook project incorporating 160 words donated by 160 people. Books and full credits at kweberandherwords.blogspot.com / Twitter: @midwesternskirt