No Matter the Wreckage
By: Sarah Kay
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
Following the success of her breakout poem, “B,” Sarah Kay, in collaboration with illustrator Sophia Janowitz, releases her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved poetry that showcases Kay’s talent for celebrating family, love, travel, and unlikely romance between inanimate objects (“The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire”). Both fresh and wise, Kay’s poetry allows readers to join her on the journey of discovering herself and the world around her. It is an honest and powerful collection.
Moving along in my poetry binge mood last year, I picked up this collection. I had no idea she was pretty big online, I remember seeing this book in passing last year or the year before during the Goodreads awards, but I ended up contemplating–and then picking up–this book after pondering over how pretty the book cover is and seeing a lot of positive reviews about this. My poetry reading has focused mostly on the classics to date, so I was keen to check out more contemporary poetry books and poets and this seemed perfect.
Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).
- Well, February was fun. I was worried early in the month because the shifts seemed to have decreased considerably, but then it picked up a wee bit and I was still able to snag a few per week so all was well (last week was especially nutty; I was on every day + overtime = Lianne took three days off to recuperate). Earlier that month also marked a year since I learned that I passed my licensure exam; insane how time is flying! Seems like yesterday I had just finished and was wondering what to do next.
- Speaking of work, I had been applying to part time positions within the hospital and to my surprise, I got a phone call from HR last Friday saying that I was the successful candidate for one of the open postings! D= It’s a temporary part-time position for a medical unit so I’ll be there for a year but still, that’s at least guaranteed shifts a week compared to my current position as a casual. Moving up in the world :3 Granted, I’m going to miss my current home base as I know the patient population well and like working with my coworkers but I’ve floated on the unit that I’ve been accepted to so the change won’t be so bad. I don’t know when I start though, my manager is still working that part out.
- In equally happy news, guess who’s going on vacation (soon-ish)? This girl! 😀 At long last I’ve finally booked the vacation that’s I’ve been dreaming of for years: at the end of April I’ll be going to Iceland and Denmark for about two weeks. I’m so excited *flailing* I need a change of scenery xD
- So I finally sucked it up and announced on my Instagram my plans to self-publish some of my poetry. I’m on my last round of going through the poems and settling on what font to use (ugh, a few weeks ago I was pouring over details on how font licensing works, what is acceptable at a commercial level, etc. Dry reading, suffice to say, and a bit confusing). I think before I go on vacation I should have it plugged into a format to run by with the printers for a proof. Ahhh! This is becoming a bit real, isn’t it?
- I’m looking to invest in a proper fountain pen. Fingers crossed I get a chance to check out this stationary shop here in town sometime this week that carries all sorts of brands popular with the stationary/writing community (e.g. Lamy, TWSBI, etc.). Might as well invest in a nice one to go with my traveller’s notebook (which I will get to use properly soon enough 😀 ).
- I love this poem by Marina Tsvetsaeva. And this poem by Christina Rossetti.
- Books I’m currently reading: as I’ve mentioned on Instagram & Litsy, for this Lent I’ve slowly started reading through Soren Kierkegaard’s Spiritual Writings (which a) is pretty interesting so far and b) quite timely as I’m still in the middle of a reading slump. Or is this really just life finally getting in the way and slowly my reading down?) I’ve also been slowly reading through Secrets and Confessions from last year’s Scotland Book Trust that Lorraine kindly sent me as well as Rilke’s poetry via the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets edition (as if having the complete poetry collection wasn’t enough 😛 ). Oh! I’m also re-reading Kierkegaard’s The Sickness Unto Death right now as well.
- My copy of Bandi’s The Accusation arrived in the post last week. Haven’t started reading it but I am curious to soon.
- I’m pretty sure I read this last year but it gave me a chuckle again recently: From Churchill to Corbyn: the best British political insults
- I realised I’ve been a little quiet on the online end this past month. I’m trying to catch up and the like but it might be a little while… :3
And that’s about it from me!
How is your February going so far?
<-- Hah, in my rush to type this out I forgot remove that bit from last month :3
By: Christina Rossetti
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase
Poems: Rossetti contains a full selection of Rossetti’s work, including her lyric poems, dramatic and narrative poems, rhymes and riddles, sonnet sequences, prayers and meditations, and an index of first lines.
I read her poems a few years ago when I started venturing into poetry and didn’t think too much of it at the time. I decided to re-visit her works again after coming across her poem again somewhere (I forgot where now, to be honest), picking up her collected poems published by Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets (very pretty collection, I should add).
Selected Poems, 1923 – 1958
By: e.e. cummings
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
This selection made by E.E. Cummings himself from eleven books of poems constitutes a comprehensive introduction to his work.
A bit OT but it’s strange that whilst this collection is pretty comprehensive in that the poet himself selected the poems that went into this collection, I can’t find a decent book blurb of this book online (and no, I don’t have time to type whatever was in the interior book flap of the book 😛 ). Anyway, I’ve been meaning to pick up a collection by E.E. Cummings; he’s of course known for the poem “i carry your heart with me” but I was curious to read how his other poems were like. I suppose I didn’t pick up his poems sooner because I also knew that he was qute experimental with his prose and structure; again looking at “i carry your heart with me” he’s got weird spacing, use of parentheses and other symbols here and there, etc.
Well, suffice to say the rest of his poems are just as experimental, in some poems more so than others. I mean, some of the poems were downright weird, the words written in syntax and sound instead of the way they were properly spelled at times. I enjoyed his earlier poems though perhaps more than his latter poems (except “i carry your heart with me” which remains my favourite by him), varied as they are from poems about his love to poems about humanity and about this person and that. Would I recommend him to the casual poetry reader or first-time poetry readers? Not really, just because they are more experimental and sometimes it is a bit harder to get the gist of what he’s expressing in his poems, but I’m glad I did get around to reading them as they are different and were interesting to read.
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The Twelve Caesars
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase
‘Twenty-three dagger thrusts went home as he stood there. Caesar did not utter a sound…’
This vivid, racy account of the men who wielded absolute power over ancient Rome – including maniacs, tyrants, warriors, sadists and murderers – is the source for nearly everything we know about one of the most dramatic periods in history.
This was one of the new titles that were recently included in the Pocket Penguins line-up and as I had never read this book, and it looked quite shiny amongst the other titles, I decided to pick it up. I had been reading this book to and from work but alas, my book met quite the accident when my water bottle leaked all over my knapsack and drenched most of the book. The stuff of a bookworm’s nightmare O_o The remainder of the book was still readable but it’s all cold and wrinkly and messed up now 🙁