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text 2017-04-24 01:06
Afterland: Poems - Mai Der Vang

I usually don't much care if I'm one of the first to read a new release.


In fact, it's quite rare when that happens. I often go years before I "get around to" reading a book (although the release of a film adaptation can move a title forward quickly). 


But a rather unusual thing happened to me in the past month: I actually read a new title BEFORE its release date. Mai Der Vang, the newest Walt Whitman Award winner, appeared in our city in March, and her publisher, Graywolf Press, sent copies of her book, "Afterland," in advance of the official release date. My colleague, Paul, loaned me his copy when he was finished with it, and I dove in with gusto. 


Vang is a Hmong-American writer, and this collection speaks to the experiences of the diaspora that has occurred in the decades since the Vietnam war. The imagery is rich, the use of language creative and powerful.


But my best compliment is that the book is truly a collection, an organized, thoughtful representation of an overarching theme, rather than a compilation of individual poems. This is not surprising, because Graywolf-released poetry books generally have this kind of care in editing. 


So there - early adopter. Stay tuned - another opportunity may soon be coming my way. 



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url 2017-04-22 16:46
Soul Quest Poem
Art of 4 Elements - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Spiritual not Religious: In Search of Perfection

The purpose of life is the evolution of consciousnessSpiritual Awakening offers life in the state of joy. If we learn to listen to our souls we can consciously choose to be joyful or sad, peaceful or loving, alert or relaxed.

Alchemy of soul poem from Art of 4 Elements by Nataša Pantović Nuit

Source: artof4elements.com/entry/170/spiritual-not-religious
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text 2017-04-22 10:15
Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 100 pages.
Hero And Leander - Christopher Marlowe

Ceremony (personified) is upset with Leander about the lack of a wedding and Hero is just upset.

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text 2017-04-21 12:25
Reading progress update: I've read 1099 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

Menenius proves himself (and Shakespeare) a master of the abusive character assassination. I mean really, was there ever anyone better at inventively insulting people? It must have been devastating to get on the wrong side of Shakespeare's wit.

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text 2017-04-20 10:19
20th April 2017
Tennyson's Poetry - Alfred Tennyson,Robert W. Hill Jr.

I will drink life to the lees.


Alfred Tennyson


April 20, 1827: Popular Victorian poet Alfred Tennyson published his first book 191 years ago today. Titled Poems by Two Brothers, it was a collaboration with his brother Charles.

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