26 March 2009

bruce harris bentzman

Shelf 1 - shelves behind my desk:

Shelf 2 - shelves I face when at my desk:

Shelf 3 - shelves next to reading chair:

As to who Bruce is, you can read his essays (Suburban Soliloquies) in the poetry webzine, Snakeskin.

16 March 2009


I estimate there are about 2000 books in my house. I'm a librarian so you'd think there's be a strict ordering system, and actually there is but it's not something easy to articulate. This particular bookshelf is for poetry, and for a few other things as space allows. For example, the five books on the far left of the second-to-the-bottom shelf are the five books that have been most important and inspiring to me, poetry-wise, in the last few years, even though they are not poetry: Lynda Barry's The Greatest of Marlys!, John Porcellino's King-Cat Comics, Maira Kalman's The Principles of Uncertainty, Julia Child's My Life in France, and Calvin Tomkins's Off the Wall: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg.

Jessy is a local Colorado Springs poet and also serves as the Curator of Special Collections for Colorado College's library.