When I was younger, say nine, before ever watching crime television or probably ever experiencing 24 hour news as more than just background noise in my life, I would go to bed with the entire set of covers over myself, sometimes even the pillow over my head. I had four night lights, one was an angel.… More Pre-Reading: Look at the Synonyms of Dark.
Sarah Kay is her own genre. She has managed and created her own label and makes it practically impossible for anyone to now synonymously associate slam poetry and protest poetry. In most Youtube slam sensations, a person creates a swell and soft tide of screaming, then whispering, both to keep the audience on their toes… More Dot to Dot [An Illustrated Poem by Sarah Kay]
I don’t know about you, but I shop on Etsy ALL. THE. TIME. I definitely can’t afford to ship myself furniture, but I love getting little keepsakes, trinkets, and especially journals on Etsy from artisans that have put hard work, independence, and usually recycled love into their creations. I’ve always been an antique shopper. I… More Weekly Literary Find
I like to think that books (like relationships) come to people at specific times. And sometimes when you pick up a book you’re just not ready for it. Sometimes it’s the perfect pairing of life drama and book plot. Most of the time though, the ones that truly move us, push us forward with reading… More It’s NATIONAL BOOK LOVER’S DAY
I thought maybe if I shared my complete August TBR, I’d actually get around to reading each one. I am going to push myself to reach my Goodreads goal (even though I believe less and less in the Goodreads reading challenge each year – that is for a whole other blog though). Really, can a… More August TBR
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.
Favorite Tweets: Favorite Search Terms: scary old man aladdin: SOMEONE ELSE WAS SCARED OF HIM TOO. bitchy ecards: I see you trying to be passive aggressive jealousy quotes for lesbians on instagram: This is SO specific. fahrenheit 451 worksheet imagery: You need to get your teacher game up. Just sayin’. roald dahl unpublished… More Newsday Tuesday
Some people say not to force books on yourself. Some people say just to switch books like you switch jeans and keep it up until you can’t unbutton it. Occasionally, one must get flippant with a book and pursue the book like an already broken-hearted woman. A book must be wooed they say, it must… More The (Not So Brief) History of My Reading Slump
I came to poetry by accident. I went to college as a religious studies major, hoping to be a youth minister, and wound up with a degree in English-creative writing which was dominated by poetry classes. I came to poems unwillingly and then all at once. I wanted to write fiction, but poetry kept coming… More How I Came to Poetry | Volume One