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review 2017-03-08 23:08
Map: Collected and Last Poems - Wisława Szymborska,Clare Cavanagh,Stanisław Barańczak

This is one of my Reading Nobel Women books, a complete collection of Wislawa Szymborska's work, and it was amazing.

As with all collections, there are favorites and then there are those that weren't enough or just not your thing. The book starts off with those poems that, while good, weren't quite what I expected to be Nobel Laureate worthy. I quickly realized why. They were early works and this is a complete collection. Like all of it. The book is a whopping 400 pages of poetry that started out a little lackluster and grew to absolutely brilliant. By the end, it was completely obvious why she was chosen.

Some favorites were:

  • Teenager
  • Reality Demands
  • Hatred
  • The End and the Beginning
  • Funeral (II)
  • Children of Our Age
  • The Century's Decline
  • Hitler's First Photograph
  • Archeaology
  • Lot's Wife
  • Map

I actually had a lot that might be labeled as favorites but I'll stop there. These were the poems that really made me think about things a little differently. I probably could have done without some of the others, the more lighthearted poems because I've learned that I have a special love for poetry that tears my heart out. These did that in one way or another. They revealed things, but they weren't the only poems to do that in this collection.

This small sampling did things like reminded me that Hitler was once someone's little bundle of joy and that's a scary way to think of him. It reminded me that one of the luxuries that Americans have when it comes to war is that we just leave when we deem it over. We aren't left to rebuild the communities fragmented by it. It reminded me that Lot's Wife, so vilified for looking back at a town burning could have just been victim of an errant "Did I leave the stove on?" moment. It's worth reading the entire collection for moment like these, especially when one never knows what will come from reading poetry. New things can be revealed in every reading. These may simply be the poems that hit me this time and others will do similar things to other people.

As mentioned above, this is one of the books I chose to read in this year that I'm Reading Nobel Women but it's also my Letter M for the Litsy A to Z challenge. It would also fit nicely into Read Harder's Task 23 as it is a collection of poetry in translations on a theme other than love. There were several themes covered here and rarely was love in the mix.

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quote 2017-03-07 18:31
"The two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extra human architecture and furious rhythm. Geometry and anguish"
-Federico García Lorca-
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review 2017-03-05 04:23
I Knead My Mommy: And Other Poems by Kittens - Francesco Marciuliano

Love it!

This book is adorable, humorous, and entertaining. It also makes me glad that I have a full-grown cat instead of a kitten.

The various poems were very creative and cover many different topics, such as exploration, cat-dog relationships, and the incessant need of felines to sit on a lap at all times. Most were silly and funny, but I will admit that "Not Goodbye" broke my heart.

Highly recommend to cat lovers.

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text 2017-03-01 15:35
My February 2017
The Policewoman - Justin W. M. Roberts
Pride and Prejudice - Manga - Morpheus Studios,Po Tse,Jane Austen
Thief of Lies - Brenda Drake
Graffiti (and Other Poems) - Savannah Brown,ed stockham
Harables: Short Stories 2 (Volume 2) - Haidji
Harry Potter: Die Märchen von Beedle dem Barden / Wilharm: Ein Klassiker aus der Zaubererwelt von Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
Guardian of Secrets - Brenda Drake
Gone Wild - Jodi Lundgren
Der Schneeleopard - Tess Gerritsen,Andreas Jäger
The Policewoman - 4.5 stars
Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice - 5 stars
Thief of Lies - 4.5 stars
Graffiti (and Other Poems) - 4.5 stars
Harables: Short Stories 2 - 4 stars
Die Märchen von Beedle dem Barden - 5 stars
Guardian of Secrets - 3 stars
Gone Wild - 2 stars
Der Schneeleopard - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: The Policewoman, Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice, Graffiti (and Other Poems), Der Schneeleopard

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Everything Reminds You of Something Else, Entsetzen

 

I just need to stare at the amount of books I read this month. Granted, one of them I read all through january and finished on the first of february. Some of them are very short books or poetry. But damn, I finished 9 books this month. Even though there was a lot going on and a lot of running around from one appointment to the next.

Qualitiy wise, I only didn't really enjoy two of the books I read, the rest of them were really freaking great.

I'm trying to keep my hopes up, cause I don't think I will keep up with the reading pace I had in february. But man, if would be great if march were amazing like that.

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text 2017-02-27 09:55
Reading progress update: I've read 38 out of 160 pages.
The Earliest English Poems - Michael Alexander,Various

Deor; A series of misfortunes retold, that could well have been a song lyric.

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