Currently Reading + Monday Book Haul

Happy Tuesday, readers! As a teaser for a longer, literary post which is presently in the works, I am here to share with you my currently reading and my Monday book haul from the famous DC indie book Mecca, Politics & Prose!

Dat book haul do’: pp

  • The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

After finishing Bluets (also by the incredible Ms. Nelson) I wanted nothing more than to read MORE of her intense, thought provoking prosey-poetry-essay streams of consciouness (?). I may very possibly go back and re-read Bluets in the next month, it was that good. So when I stopped over at P&P after work yesterday, I was on a mission to find any and all Nelsons they had. I found one! AND proceeded to buy it, of course. I am not going to give a super detailed synopsis, but I will tease with a nice quote:

I will quickly introduce it by saying that the quote refers to a consideration of Wittgenstein’s concept of inexpressibility.

“For it doesn’t feed or exalt any angst one may feel about the incapacity to express, in words, that which eludes them. It doesn’t punish what can be said for what, by definition, it cannot be. Nor does it ham it up by miming a constricted throat: Lo, what I would say, were words good enough. Words are good enough.”

(p. 3 – The Argonauts)

“Words are good enough”…Breathe that in, taste it, chew it, digest it. You’re welcome.

  • Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara

I have been meaning to pick up some Frank O’Hara for a while, but he is always sold out at all my local used book haunts. I gave in and bought the cheapest and cutest collection P&P had to offer. See the end of the post for a full, but brief poem from our dear friend, Frank!

Currently Reading: 

I am currently reading (in addition to the book haul… oh so many books so little time…Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Maybe one day I will summon the courage to watch the corresponding film? Maybe.

That is it for today, I have a more engaging and more detailed post up ahead, I feel like I am hyping it too much now, but I promise I haven’t left you, I just have a couple other projects in the works and I am gearing up to MOVE! *big deep breaths*

Happy reading. I hope all your weeks are lovely so far. Don’t forget to read Frank here, with ”  Morning” down below:


I’ve got to tell you
how I love you always
I think of it on grey

mornings with death
in my mouth the tea

is never hot enough
then and the cigarette
dry the maroon robe

chills me I need you
and look out the window
at the noiseless snow

At night on the dock
the buses glow like
clouds and I am lonely

thinking of flutes

I miss you always
when I go to the beach

the sand is wet with
tears that seem mine

although I never weep
and hold you in my
heart with a very real
humor you’d be proud of

the parking lot is
crowded and I stand
rattling my keys the car

is empty as a bicycle

what are you doing now
where did you eat your
lunch and were there
lots of anchovies it

is difficult to think
of you without me in
the sentence you depress
me when you are alone

Last night the stars
were numerous and today
snow is their calling
card I’ll not be cordial

there is nothing that
distracts me music is
only a crossword puzzle
do you know how it is

when you are the only
passenger if there is a
place further from me
I beg you do not go

~Frank O’ Hara




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