“2020 Reading List: Going To Be a Great Year” by Laine Derr

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories – Lucia Berlin
Tiriel, The Book of Thel (the prophetic books) – William Blake
Blacksad (Vols. 1-5) – Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido
Lies, Inc. – Philip K. Dick
Nightwood – Djuna Barnes
Lighthead – Terrance Hayes

The Weary Blues – Langston Hughes

Diving into the Wreck – Adrienne Rich
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead – Olga Tokarczuk (trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones)
This Immortal, Permafrost, and Lord of Light – Roger Zelazny
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror – John Ashbery
The Book of Nightmares – Galway Kinnell
The Incal (Vol. 1–6) Alexandro Jodorowsky & Mœbius (trans. Justin Kelly)
Bright Dead Things – Ada Limón
Vampires in the Lemon Grove – Karen Russell
Last Night of the Earth Poems – Charles Bukowski
Will O’ the Wisp – Pierre Drieu La Rochelle (trans. Martin Robinson)

Black Hole (Issues 1-12) – Charles Burns

Views of Jeopardy, Monolithos: Poems 1962 and 1982, and The Great Fires: Poems 1982-1992
– Jack Gilbert
Y: The Last Man (Vols. 1-10) – Bryan K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, & Jose Marzan
The Lunatic, The World Doesn’t End, Come Closer and Listen, and Scribbled in the Dark
– Charles Simic
Preacher (Issues 1-66 plus 5 specials and a 4-issue miniseries) – Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick – Peter Handke (trans. Michael Roloff)

Live or Die – Anne Sexton

Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey – Hayden Carruth
The Whitsun Weddings – Philip Larkin
Lunch Poems – Frank O’Hara
95 Poems, is 5 – E. E. Cummings
Erratic Facts – Kay Ryan
Incarnadine – Mary Szybist
Death of a Naturalist – Seamus Heaney
Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey

The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder

Girlfriends, Ghosts, and Other Stories – Robert Walser (trans. Tom Whalen et al.)
The Undressing – Li-Young Lee
“Night Flier” (short story) – Stephen King
The Invisibles (Vols. 1-3) – Grant Morrison and various artists
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories – Delmore Schwartz
Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel – Martha Wells
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
A Song for Lya – George R. R. Martin

This Is How You Lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

The Notebook – Ágota Kristóf (trans. Alan Sheridan)
The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado

Laine Derr holds an M.F.A. from Northern Arizona University and has published interviews with Carl Phillips, Ross Gay, and Ted Kooser. Recent work appears or is forthcoming from Barzakh, Santa Clara Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.


Image: “Dark Times” by Nicole Monroe

Special Feature: F2020

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