Ada Limón “Bright Dead Things”

Bright Dead Things is the best contemporary poetry collection I’ve read. Ashbery won the trifecta for Self-Portrait and Limón should have too.

Mary Ann Samyn “My Life in Heaven”

MAS poems have featherweight elements that I seem to often require. I believe she is among our best living poets.

E.M. Cioran “All Gall is Divided”

Cioran writes nihilistic aphorisms that I find both inspiring and humorous, often in the same instance. Alongside Camus, this is one of my favorite bedtime reads.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Essays and Lectures” (The Library of America series)

Emerson has shaped and re-shaped my worldview. His essays are powerful and timeless.

Chuck Klosterman “I Wear the Black Hat”

I enjoy listening to Klosterman read his own work. This is my version of a day at the beach.

Mark Danowsky is author of the poetry collection As Falls Trees (NightBallet Press, 2018). He’s Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.

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