Tag Archives: poetry

Madness, Death, and Poetry: Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Hennezel’s The Art of Growing Old, Kumin’s Always Beginning

Dear Reader: Back after a break to wrap up an enormous project (done! yes!) and go camping for awhile. So, here’s what I’ve been up to in the meanwhile. 169) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (hard copy) I read this for the Feminist Classics Challenge (it is coupled with Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea this …

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Bees, Seasons, Lanyards, Ruby Bridges, and Tubs of Acquiescence: Plath, Blochs, Collins, Sarton, and Pinsky

Dear Reader: As April comes to a close, I’ll let you in on a secret.  I set out to read a book a day in April and succeeded.  Granted, I made a pile of slim volumes and mostly read those – it helped that in the United States it has been National Poetry Month.  But, …

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Jazz and Dogs and Rain: Billy Collins’ Poetry

Dear Reader: I finished several Billy Collins books in the last few days. 481) Picnic, Lightning by Billy Collins (1998, hard copy) 483) Sailing around in the Room by Billy Collins (2002, hard copy) 484) Nine Horses by Billy Collins (2002, hard copy) Because I don’t tend to see differences between his books of poems, I’ll …

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limejuice lemon and hungrydog holler

Dear Reader: Cooler, with gloomy grey skies. My dog trainer’s in town for a free session at the shelter. Hope she gets lots of eager customers. 490) poemcrazy: freeing your life with words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge, 1995 (hard copy) I bought and read this book years ago. Susan is a poetry professor, poet, and …

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Tarpon, Angels, and Snowballs: Kate Chopin’s The Awakening; Billy Collins’ Questions about Angels; and Miller Williams’ Listen

Dear Reader: Lots of wind, some snow flakes today and yesterday and plenty of “candid sunlight.” That’s April for you. 256) The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 1899 (hard copy) Edna Pontellier is married to Alphonse (“Leonce”) with two young boys. A lovely young woman, she summers on Grand Isle, an island in Southern Louisiana (and …

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Adultery and Goshawks: Elizabeth Bowen’s The House in Paris and Heather Allen’s Leaving a Shadow

Dear Reader: Remember how I asked you about spring light – whether it was an illusion or if it did seem different…  THANK YOU Billy Collins! It is a kind of spring morning–candid sunlight elucidating the air, a flower-ruffling breeze– Billy Collins, A History of Weather From Questions about Angels (1999) Candid sunlight – perfect!  …

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Ashes, Magic Mushrooms, and Haggadahs: Gulf Music by Robert Pinsky, Night by Elie Wiesel, and Prime Green by Robert Stone

Dear Reader: Sunny and cool today – Copper Country Easters and Halloweens seem always to be frosty, so I expect it will stay awhile. 476) Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone Robert Stone is a novelist of some repute, he has published, among others, A Hall of Mirrors, Children of the Light, and …

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