“Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” I just finished crying, so I might have different feelings about this in five days, a month, three years from now, but right now, I just finished Go Set a Watchman and instead of being a ruiner,… More “That is the way I was raised, by a black woman and a white man.” – Jean Louise Finch
I’m a newbie to Rebecca Makkai. And sometimes I just like a good title. I may think the cover is too abstract (who am I kidding, is this even a real thing?) or too geometric, and unless it’s a Penguin, too plain. Sometimes I don’t like a cover because it capitalizes on the female author… More In This Collection, War is a Verb
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” George Washington Carver In some ways, we all share the same history. Histories are… More I don’t know how to talk about Charleston, so I come to this discussion with a list of books, and an open-heart.
Some little girls want to be veterinarians, some want to ride their bikes down the highest neighborhood slope faster than the boys, some imagine themselves as princesses in far off castles that they’ve only seen in pop-out books, most often, I wanted to be a mermaid. And I still do. And sometimes I even believe… More I Volunteer as Dampling.
Let’s go through a list of things I love: 1. poetry 2. young adult fiction that is not dumbed-down 3. Flux publishing 4. Publishing houses that have tumblrs. 5. Moped(ing) … at least it’s on my bucket list. 6. Stephanie Lyons and how she starts her Goodreads bio with “Most days I’m 17.” 7. Girls in… More Hot Glue for the Cracks
These poems are for the in-betweeners. The Tiresias’. The sometimes, but. The now, and the then, but not until right now. Somehow, and in the most beautiful verse, Kate Tempest in Hold Your Own weaves the story of all her separate lives into the myth of Tiresias, the blind prophet that lived both as a… More Take it on, Hold Your Own.
Today, I will ask you to preorder The Shore by Sara Taylor (Bailey Prize Longlist 2015). In three days, you will have a sea scape of time in your hands in the form of a book. It will take you across generations, through twisted murders, plots of revenge by medicine woman, how women are courted… More This Isn’t “Chick Lit” Because “Chick Lit” Shouldn’t Be a Thing….Ever.
“I want to catch words one day. I want to hold them/ then blow gently, watch them float right out of my hands.” Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson is an oration to the art of writing, the idea that writing is something inherent and must be done because stories will not just tighten around us like… More A Come Of Age Time Capsule
I’m bias. Dorianne Laux was my professor for advanced poetry (3 times because I’m an overachiever) in college and so any poems that she chooses, I will probably prefer as well. Even so, I found that this poetry collection was a really wonderful “sign of the times.” Cue Ace of Base here for the beats.… More The BEST Best New Poets
– A line from a poem I wrote when challenged by my creative writing students to participate in writing a ghazal with them. “It couldn’t be fair to punish people for trying to get by, people who were good by their own lights, when it took all the courage they had to be good” (259,… More “A Pretty Stem Bowed Down from Neck to Bloom”