Poetry Linkity (and other things)

I thought I’d do a poetry linkity this month, since April is National Poetry Month. First, though, a couple other non-poetry links…

Some links that I got from Chris…


Seanan McGuire on fanfic
Fanfic is a natural human interaction with story. Children do it before they know its name. People who swear they would never do such a thing actually do it all the time, retelling fairy tales and Shakespearean dramas and family anecdotes in new lights and new settings. FANFIC WILL NEVER DIE. We need to acknowledge that fact: we need to accept that fanfic is never going away, and that it would suck a sack of wasps through a funnel if it did, because we need it. We need to center old stories in new ways, to update The Default…

There are still a couple more days to download nine free Kindle books from Amazon Crossing’s Read The World promo celebrating World Book Day. I’ve been noticing that the authors on my books read list aren’t very diverse (they’re mostly white Americans), and this is one way to find more diverse books for my TBR list.

April is National Poetry Month. More than that, April 26th is Poem in your Pocket Day 2018, which sounds neat. I wonder what poem I’ll carry in my pocket? (I wonder if I’ll remember to?)

There are lots of links for how to write a poem.

There are at least as many links about how to read a poem. And even more on how to analyze a poem.

The Poetry Foundation has a lot of great resources.

I’ve still been enjoying getting a Poem-A-Day delivered to my inbox. If you want to read the poems without having them emailed to you, you can read them on their website.

Here are some good poetry writing prompts for if you want to write a poem but don’t know where to start.

And a poem, since it’s April:

what terrifies me most is how we
foam at the mouth with envy
when others succeed
but sigh in relief
when they are failing

our struggle to
celebrate each other is
what’s proven most difficult
in being human

― Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

Have a great day!


First Line Friday 56 – #1

Kat @ Here There Be Dragons recently combined two Friday Book memes that she found, and it was such fun that I decided to play along on occasion. Here’s how she described the memes she mashed-up:

“First Line Fridays” and is hosted over at Hoarding Books and is all about the first line of current read. A good companion meme is the Friday 56, hosted by Freda’s Voice where you turn to page 56 in what you’re reading a find a sentence that jumps out at you.

So, as Kat did in her initial post, I’m going to pull the first line and a line from the 56th page of one of my current (paper) reads, Rose by Li-Young Lee.

First line (from the foreword by Gerald Stern): “When I first came across Li-Young Lee’s poetry I was amazed by the large vision, the deep seriousness and the almost heroic ideal…”

Page 56:

O weepers, stone
girls weeping stone tears,
will you never recover?
Were it not for the rain, I’d linger
and maybe I’d weep.

And because it’s still April and I feel like sharing a whole poem, here is one of Li-Young Lee’s other poems:


No easy thing to bear, the weight of sweetness.

Song, wisdom, sadness, joy; sweetness
equals three of any of these gravities.

See a peach bend
the branch and strain the stem until
it snaps.
Hold the peach, try the weight, sweetness
and death so round and snug
in your palm.
And, so, there is
the weight of memory:

Windblown, a rain-soaked
bough shakes, showering
the man and the boy.
They shiver in delight,
and the father lifts from his son’s cheek
one green leaf
fallen like a kiss.

The good boy hugs a bag of peaches
his father has entrusted
to him.
Now he follows
his father, who carries a bagful in each arm.
See the look on the boy’s face
as his father moves
faster and farther ahead, while his own steps
flag, and his arms grow weak, as he labors
under the weight
of peaches.


Unexpected April Poetry

Since I somehow missed writing a WIP Wednesday post yesterday, here’s an unplanned Thursday Poem.

I’m Nobody! Who are you?

Emily Dickinson, 1830 – 1886


I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!

Have a great day!

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books Everyone I Expect Everyone To Have Read

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!


The official prompt for today is: Freebie (create your own topic). So, my topic for this week will be:

Top Ten Books I Expect Everyone To Have Read

It comes up now and then. I mention a book to someone and they haven’t read it, and I just can’t imagine how that’s possible. It’s happened in reverse, too; there are books I haven’t read which other people find equally impossible. (Until recently, To Kill a Mockingbird was one of those books. I didn’t study it in school, while everyone else seems to have. It happens.) So here’s a list of the ten books that first come to my mind as ones I’ve read and just expect everyone else to have read, also.

1. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle ~ I had always assumed that everyone read this book. And then the movie came out and I started finding out that a lot of people hadn’t read it. I still can’t imagine this. It’s one of my absolute favorite books.

2. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding ~ This one is not one of my favorite books, but I had to study it twice in school and so I’d assumed everyone else did, too. Turns out that’s a “no”.

3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis ~ Another book that I read young and always assumed everyone else had. I don’t expect people to have read the whole series, but I do expect that they’ve read the first one.

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ~ I was a holdout on this book for a long time. I guess that’s part of why I expect everyone to have already read it, though: by the time I read it, it seemed like everyone I’d talked to already loved the series. So it felt like I was one of the last people to read the book, which means everyone has read it now.

5. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie ~ So many people only know the Disney version of Peter. And while I loved the Disney movie (I haven’t watched it lately because I’m afraid I’ll notice that it hasn’t aged well, and I’d rather remember loving it) it pales in comparison to the original story.

6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll ~ As with Peter Pan, it blows my mind when people have only seen the Disney version of this story.

7. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ~ I don’t expect people to have read other Tolkien — and actually, I don’t even expect everyone to have finished The Hobbit. But I am surprised when I find someone who hasn’t even tried to read it.

8 & 9. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain ~ These are two other ones that it just seems like everyone has read, and yet I know that’s not true. Oddly, I can’t even tell you much of either plot or what I thought of them. I just know that I’ve read them, and I think everyone else has too.

10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens ~ I suspect it’s safe to say that everyone knows the basic plot, but not everyone has read the book. It’s a relatively easy Dickens to read (in part because it’s short) but that still doesn’t mean everyone actually has.

And there you go! Have you read all — or any — of these? What books do you assume everyone has read?

Mystery Blogger Award!

I’m finally catching up on my tags! Yay!

A while back, Ally tagged me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Unfortunately it has taken me a while to get to completing this tag post, but better late than never!


The rules…

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog and list the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (Okoto Enigma – thank you for creating it!!)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Three things about me

  1. I have inner ear issues, and get vertigo and motion sick a lot.
  2. Despite #1, I love cruising. (I use Sea Bands and Bonine to counteract the motion sickness.)
  3. I am incapable of doing a somersault in a straight line. I’m not sure if this is related to #1 or due to a complete lack of competency in gymnastics. (It honestly could be either one.)

Ally’s questions:

If you could change one thing about a book, what would it be?

This sounds to me like I’m changing one thing about one specific book, so that’s the way I’m going to answer it.

I would change Hammered (Iron Druid Chronicles #3 by Kevin Hearne) so that Atticus (the main character) is less stupid. (SPOILERY background: Atticus in this book honors a debt he feels he owes and goes to Asgard to help his friends kill Thor even though he’s told by lots of people–Jesus included–that it’s a bad idea. He is just being stupid, he acknowledges later that it was stupid, and it sets up the part of the series plot that I like the least.)

What’s a bookish turn-off? Like something that will make you not read a book?

Finding out ahead of time that there’s an insta-love triangle in a book will turn me off. So will hearing about a particularly bad cliffhanger. (These are about equal.)

A close second is the sheer length of a book. I will often go back and read the long books anyway, but it does mean that the book will sit on my shelf for a while as I give it the side-eye and wish it was shorter.

If you could attend any bookish wedding, which would it be?

Aragorn and Arwen from The Return of the King. Mostly just so I could go to Middle Earth.

What’s your favourite type of tea?

Oooh, there are so many! I love Jasmine green tea, but Irish Breakfast is my favorite morning cuppa. I also enjoy good apricot or peach teas, but I’m a bit more picky about them.

(Bonus answer: my least favorite type of tea is anything that’s vanilla flavored.)

Who’s your favourite Disney princess?

My favorite princess used the be Sleeping Beauty. I’m not sure why, I just always loved her when I was young. (Maybe because Prince Philip actually had a personality unlike most of the other princes of that time.)

However, a few years ago while we were at Disneyland with my family we had a really, REALLY awesome experience with Snow White. She’s been my favorite Disney princess ever since.

My best/favourite posts

I nominate: Jaime @ Books and Waffles, Jo @ Jo-Creates, and Kat @ Here There Be Dragons.

My questions:

  1. If you could be a fly on the wall for one literary event, what would it be?
  2. Are you more or less likely to read books where the MC resembles you (or is in a situation that resembles one you have been in)?
  3. What author (living or dead) would you most like to talk to? (note: assume that the author’s death isn’t an issue, and let’s pretend that language isn’t a barrier either)
  4. What is your favorite genre, and why?
  5. If you could play an April Fool’s prank on any book character, who would it be, and what prank would you pull?

So there’s my tag! If you want to know why it’s called the Mystery Blogger Award, read the linked post about it (click on the logo above).

More April Poetry

I have since checked out more poetry books from my library, and I realized when I got the books home that they’re all female poets. This was not intentional, but that’s how it happened.

I’ve been enjoying the Poem-A-Day delivered to my inbox, too. I’ve found some interesting new (to me) poets to look for. Here’s one of my favorites so far this month:

By the Stream

Paul Laurence Dunbar


By the stream I dream in calm delight, and watch as in a glass,
How the clouds like crowds of snowy-hued and white-robed maidens
And the water into ripples breaks and sparkles as it spreads,
Like a host of armored knights with silver helmets on their heads.
And I deem the stream an emblem fit of human life may go,
For I find a mind may sparkle much and yet but shallows show,
And a soul may glow with myriad lights and wondrous mysteries,
When it only lies a dormant thing and mirrors what it sees.

This is by Paul Laurence Dunbar, who the Poem-a-Day email said was one of the first African American poets to gain recognition. He was born in 1872, yet the poem I included above still is relevant today.

3 Quotes 3 Days Tag ~ Day 3

As you probably noticed yesterday and the day before, Ally recently tagged me in the 3 Quotes 3 Days tag. This is the third and final day of my posts, but they have been a lot of fun! I may start incorporating random quote posts into my blog posting schedule because I had such a hard time picking the last quote for this tag… there were so many I love that it was hard to pick!

The rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a new quote for three consecutive days
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

I haven’t tagged anybody so far, and I’m not going to start now. However, if this sounds interesting and like something you want to do, please play along! Just let me know so I can visit your posts!

Quote #3:

“I am an archivist. I am a librarian. I collect words because words are the truest and longest-lasting craft in the world.”

― Seanan McGuireIndexing