By: Ben Lerner Fiction 2011 Subject Matter: Poets; Americans; Spain; Self-realization; Art and literature; Madrid Rating: 4/5 On the surface, Leaving the Atocha Station is everything I typically hate: it’s a semi-autobiographical novel written by a poet about a whiny… Continue Reading
Translated by: Andrew George 1999 Fiction Rating: 3.5/5 I was so curious to read the infamous Epic of Gilgamesh. I mean, come on. This poem was written down something like 6000 years ago. Yeah. 6000.
We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams –“Ode” by Arthur O’Shaughnessy
By: L. M. Montgomery Anne of Green Gables Book 1 1908 Fiction Rating: 3/5 Anne of Green Gables is one of those books that is so ubiquitously a childhood classic that I’m shocked I made it through my formative years… Continue Reading
I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. –“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes
For he will do As he do do And there’s no doing anything about it! –“The Rum Tum Tugger” by T. S. Eliot
By: Paul Ferris 1977 Nonfiction Subject Matter: Dylan Thomas; Biography; Welsh authors; 20th century Rating: 4/5 I am a sucker for a good biography. And a good biography about a wildly interesting poet? Count me in.
Once upon a time you told me, I remember in my bones, That when the bad world had rolled me Over on the scalding stones, Shameless, lost, as the day I came I should with my beggar’s cup Howl down… Continue Reading
She moved like silence swathed in light, Like mist in moonshine clear –“La Danseuse” by Dylan Thomas
None like a mother can charm away pain From the sick soul and the world-weary brain –“Rock Me to Sleep” by Elizabeth Akers Allen