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text 2017-05-30 11:23
30th May 2017
Collected Poems - Countee Cullen

There is no secret to success except hard work and getting something indefinable which we call 'the breaks.


Countee Cullen


Harlem Renaissance poet Countee Cullen (born May 30, 1903) did not just write poetry—he also translated Medea from the Greek and wrote an autobiography of his cat titled My Lives and How I Lost Them.

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review 2017-05-16 21:57
Review: Pearls of Daily Life Short Stories and Poems on Self- Discovery by Antonia Loschner
Pearls of Daily Life - Short Stories and... Pearls of Daily Life - Short Stories and Poems on Self-discovery - Guillaume Ribe,Antonia Löschner

Here is a summary of what the book is about. In the hurly - burly of daily life, all too often, the Self happens to get lost. However, with its overall knowledge of our needs and strengths, it would by far be the best personal advisor we can have.

This collection of short stories and  poems  invites a journey of discovery. Diverse but amicable characters are experiencing the joy of rediscovering their Self in manifold situations of everyday life.

A pocket book for small breaks in- between: to explore, reflect, dream, chuckle and relax.

I enjoyed reading this book.

I found the short stories and poems to be uplifting and positive and relatable to everyday life.

I think it is a good reminder that life is to short and you should live it.

This is the type of book you can read on your lunch break or whenever you have free time.

I would recommend this book.

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text 2017-05-08 10:26
8th May 2017
Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems - Gary Snyder

O, ah! The awareness of emptiness brings forth a heart of compassion!


Gary Snyder


Happy 87th birthday, Gary Snyder! The Pulitzer Prize winning writer and environmental activist was the inspiration for Japhy Ryder in Jack Kerouac's novel, The Dharma Bums.

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review 2017-05-02 15:40
Review: Why I Wake Early
Why I Wake Early: New Poems - Mary Oliver

I've heard a great number of Mary Oliver's poems throughout my years in creative writing programs. I have never heard one I didn't not love. I was enthusiastic to finally read a complete volume of her work and I picked Why I Wake Early for no reason whatsoever. It was just the first to grab my attention.

I didn't love this collection the way I'd hope I would. There are several possible reasons for this. Perhaps this isn't Oliver's best collection. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood. Or maybe Oliver's work is best when read aloud. There were many great moments in Why I Wake Early, but there were also several times when I felt the imagery was cloying. At times I felt like I was reading a collection of Ruth Bell Graham, a poet who wrote some beautiful and inspiring poems, but who isn't particularly known for her innovative verse. And so I feel like I missed something. I blame myself. Nevertheless, Oliver's poetry was beautiful and certainly full of skill. I just didn't connect fully. Because I loved everything I'd heard before this and because I'm sure it was all my fault I didn't relate, I'm compromising on my rating and promising that I'll give Oliver another try someday in the near future.

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review 2017-05-01 00:00
Empty Chairs: Selected Poems
Empty Chairs: Selected Poems - Liu Xia,M... Empty Chairs: Selected Poems - Liu Xia,Ming Di,Jennifer Stern Cigarettes, birds, household objects.
Everything is an inspiration for Liu Xia and her poetry is a tranquility for your senses.
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