For at least 20 years I have heard the refrain “I can’t believe you haven’t read Anne Lamott.” I have heard this from a wide variety of people – young, old, male, female, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Agnostics. You get the picture. One of my oldest friends got tired of saying it and sent me a
Reading a conversation between Camille Dungy and Kaveh Akbar, in Orion magazine, and came upon this, which blew my head right off. So had to share… Kaveh Akbar says – In terms of the hunger for poems, just as a human enterprise, or the hunger for encountering illumination that is not of yourself —that’s just art.
I finished this heart wrenching book this morning, in a quiet house as the sun rose above the eastern edge. It was necessary to do so, to read the last pages while in a solitary space. Even though I knew the outcome, even though I had imagined it many times, reading it was brutal. 35
Well, seems I am reading but not making time to review. I offer this up as a placeholder of sorts, to jog my memory when I have time to review, to let you know where I have been. DON’T ASK ME WHERE I’M FROM and WHITE SPACE, by Jennifer de Leon – a novel and
I didn’t want this book to end. Really, I didn’t. Part natural history, part evolutionary biology, part adventure epic, all fascinating. Science, philosophy, history, biography. This book satisfied on so many levels. I just soaked it up. Jonathan Meiburg offers us a riveting portrait of these fascinating birds – genus caracara. Intelligent and resourceful, historically
Oh, grant yourselves these four glorious minutes of light and shadow…
This book was riveting, unexpectedly so. I found myself carrying it with me and reading anytime I had a few extra minutes. Colapinto writes with clarity and curiosity, with compassion, humor, and depth. This is a stunning, intelligent discourse on the voice and how its development has shaped us as a species, while we, as
I just loved this generous book. Generous, yes, this is the word that insisted itself as I read this collection of essays. Sejal Shah is a writer of startling insight and lyric prose and these essays, written over the course of two decades, show us a writer deepening her craft and her understanding of self.
I highly recommend you take three minutes of your day and watch this startling film. True dark is a vast resource, lost to many of us. So much of our night sky invisible. I watched this several times, just relishing the stars. Also, I turned off the sound half way through my first viewing and
I have just finished reading and exploring Hafizah Geter’s debut collection of poems and I am knocked flat. These poems traverse many landscapes, internal and external/brutal and beautiful. These are spare pieces that pack a big punch as she deals with issues of love, loss, racism, abuse, police brutality, family. They are, at once, accessible