by Charles Reznikoff (some good stuff but generally a bit too conversational- and not in an appealing way like Bukowski- and the religious stuff is a chore to get through, basically just poetic retellings of bible stories)
The Idea of Perfection: The Poetry and Prose of Paul Valéry; A Bilingual Edition by Paul Valéry (one of my new favorites, considered the bridge between the symbolists and the modernists, passionate and sensual poetry offset by some truly tortured and ponderous notebook excerpts)
A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries 2003-2020 by David Sedaris (not as much as a narrative arc as the previous diary collection- dubbed "David Copperfield Sedaris" by David's partner- but probably funnier, some nice light reading for these dark times)
When I Was a Poet by David Meltzer (one of the goofier beat poets I've read- the poetic ode to Mr. Peanut is particularly noteworthy)
Eagle or Sun? by Octavio Paz (not among Paz's best work but still pretty engaging, especially the first part which focuses on the act of creation- interesting to see Octavio's approach to prose poetry when compared with Frenchmen like Baudelaire and Reverdy)
The Billboard Book Of Brazilian Music: Samba, Bossa Nova And The Popular Sounds Of Brazil by Chris McGowan (wish it was better-written at time- almost seems like it was translated- but lots of good info here, strongly suggest all Brazilian music geeks track this down)
Also recently started James Baldwin's Collected Essays as a palate cleanser for all the poetry. Gonna be slow going but already really enjoying it (only Baldwin I'd read previously was "The Fire Next Time" and "Jimmy's Blues").
"Catcher In The Rye" didn't do much for me but I could at least understand why it has the reputation it does. And your comments made me think of reading "On The Road" late in life and being aware that I appreciated it more than I probably would have if I'd read it in my 20's like most folks. Younger people seem to overlook how sad and pathetic the book is and just focus on the "life-affirming" angle.