Today is a busy day for me because it's a due date in both seventh and eighth grade. The seventh graders made poetry anthologies, and the eighth graders are turning in a variety of things, but the main genre of the quarter was feature articles, and there are lots of very interesting topics, based on interviews they have done. The piles are a little daunting, but there should be some great reading.
Speaking of great reading, I got some in the mail yesterday, too. For my recent birthday, I received two Amazon gift cards, and I decided to treat myself to some poetry that had been on my Wish List for a while. I got three books, one a download and two analog (I've typed and deleted several ways of referring to the book books - I'm not sure what to call them!). I got a box from Amazon yesterday, and as soon as I get a little control of the grading, I'm excited to dig into these books.
I downloaded Derek Walcott's Omeros, which is a Caribbean retelling of the Odyssey (Walcott is from the island of St. Lucia). I've been wanting to read this for a long time, and I couldn't wait, so I started it already. It begins with a description of the building of canoes. An islander called Philoctete is explaining to tourists:
"Wind lift the ferns. They sound like the sea that feed us
fishermen all our life, and the ferns nodded 'Yes,
the trees have to die.' So, fists jam in our jacket,
cause the heights was cold and our breath making feathers
like the mist, we pass the rum. When it came back, it
give us the spirit to turn into murderers.
I lift up the axe and pray for strength in my hands
to wound the first cedar. Dew was filling my eyes,
but I fire one more white rum. Then we advance."
I'm sure I'll write about this when I'm done with it, or maybe even while I'm in the process of reading it.
I've been reading poems by Gregory Djanikian for several years, and have posted some on this blog in the past (here, here, here), but have never read any of his books. The one I got is called Years Later.
The third book I got is by Jan Richardson, whose blog I love. In fact, I've read several of the poems from this book, The Cure for Sorrow, there. I have been wanting to get the book since it came out. It's about her sudden loss of her husband after less than four years of marriage, but her format is blessings, with titles like "Blessing in the Chaos," "Blessing of Memory," "Blessing for a Whole Heart."
There are few better feelings than having a whole little stack of books you are looking forward to reading. Yay!
Here's today's roundup. I'm looking forward to reading that, too!
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