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The Sealey Challenge - Week Two Update

Published August 15, 2019 Posted by

sealey challenge booksWe’re two weeks and a day into The Sealey Challenge, and I’m admittedly half a book behind. “Challenge” is right. Between daily responsibilities and attempting to eke the last bit of fun activities from the remaining weeks of summer, my poetry reading has slid onto the backburner this past week, despite the enjoyment reading more than a dozen different poets has given me.

Participating in the challenge continues to give me insight into my own habits and, well, laziness. However, this year’s reading has brought me to a local coffeeshop every couple days, so now other regulars are checking in on me and my progress. “What are you reading today?” or “Still kicking?” greets me when I walk into the cozy little building. I now have cheerleaders and accountability, something to keep me “kicking” (though I probably won’t admit to any of them that I’m a day behind when I visit today).

Are you participating in The Sealey Challenge, and are you keeping a better or worse hold on your reading than I am? What is your favorite book you’ve read so far?

Stay tuned for flash reviews of some of the books I read during the challenge, and check out my progress below.


All the Times We Passed McDonald’s Between Chapel Hill and Tuxedo, North Carolina, Andrew Dally, New Michigan Press

American Samizat, Jehanne Dubrow, Diode Editions

Bad Anatomy, Hannah Cohen, Glass Poetry Press

The Death Metals Pastoral, Ryan Patrick Smith, Black Lawrence Press

Diary of a Ghost Girl, Shay Alexi, Glass Poetry Press

dolores in spanish is pain, dolores in lolita is a girl, Ashley Miranda, Glass Poetry Press

The Empty Season, Catherine Bresner, Diode Editions

Every Bird is a Miracle, Tara Roeder & Arman Safa, New Michigan Press

Every Present Thing a Ghost, Rebecca Doverspike, Slapering Hol Press

Fake News Poems, Martin Ott, BlazeVOX

Ghost Exhibit, Melissa Atkinson Mercer, Glass Poetry Press

Ghost Moose, Margo Taft Stever, Kattywompus Press

Girl Paper Stone, Laurie Filipelli, Black Lawrence Press

Girldom, Megan Peak, Perugia Press

Goodbye Toothless House, Kelly Fordon, Kattywompus Press

Grimmening, Daniel Blokh, Diode Editions

Hemlock, Emilia Phillips, Diode Editions

How to Tell If You Are Human, Jessy Randall, Pleiades Press

Leading with a Naked Body, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon & Leela Chantrelle

Life on Dodge, Rita Feinstein, Brain Mill Press

Lot For Sale. No Pigs, Sandy Green, BatCat Press

Past Lives, Future Bodies, Kristin Chang, Black Lawrence Press

Pomegranates, Robin F. Brox, Xexoxial Editions

Prey, Jeanann Verlee, Black Lawrence Press

Sink, Desireé Dallagiacomo, Button Poetry

Still Seeing a Dead Soldier, James Deitz, Turning Point

To Those Who Were Our First Gods, Nickole Brown, Rattle

The Unbnd Verses, Kwame Opoku-Duku, Glass Poetry Press

Waiting for Achilles, Jo Sarzotti, Black Lawrence Press

When the Bird is Not a Human, HR Hegnauer, Subito Press

The Witches of Lila Springs, Sabrina Ito, Plan B Press

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