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text 2018-07-21 13:31
Reading progress update: I've read 239 out of 1327 pages.
The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

The Tale of Melibee

Despite the valient defense in the Introduction, I found this pretty naff - it's a moral debate about revenge, justice and mercy that's predictable in general and boring in execution. Lobbing Biblical and Classical quotes at one-another just isn't that exciting to a modern audience.

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text 2018-07-20 18:03
Reading progress update: I've read 223 out of 1102 pages.
Complete Poems, 1904-1962 - E.E. Cummings

An amusing prose Foreword to the collection, "Is," in which Cummings uses many of the idiosyncratic punctuation techniques found in his poems.


Also, he wrote a lot more "erotic" poems than I realised before.

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text 2018-07-20 16:56
Reading progress update: I've read 234 out of 1327 pages.
The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

Still throwing Authority Quotes at each other: Prudence is winning.

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url 2018-07-20 12:35
Musings of an Untutored Pen

Source: www.wattpad.com/605904442-musings-of-an-untutored-pen-i-love-you
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review 2018-07-16 22:30
HYSTERIA by Stephanie M. Wytovich, narrated by Teagan Gardner
Hysteria: A Collection of Madness - Stephanie M. Wytovich,Steven Archer,Michael A. Arnzen,Teagan Gardner

The entire time I was listening to this poetry collection, THE YELLOW WALLPAPER by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was in the back of my mind. HYSTERIA is about women and their likelihood of falling victim to men, to the world, to their children...and back again to the men. Unlike Gilman's story though, in HYSTERIA, the women often rise up and take what's due. I loved it!


I've admitted it before, but I will again here so we're clear, poetry is generally not my thing. But women are-especially strong women, women who have been through things in their life, women for whom life has not been easy. Most of this volume focuses on them, which is why, (I think), it speaks to me so intimately.


There are a lot of poems within and I can't get into all of them here, but I especially loved GREED, PLAYMATE OF THE NIGHT and GUARDIAN ANGEL:


"...lock me up somewhere else/you say the wrong thing around here, people start to think you're crazy, like madness is some contagion you breathe in through the air/I just told them that sweet Jezebel didn't like it when the men talk to her like that/when they visited her in her cell and touched her pretty face/ran their fingers through her silky hair/they beat me to get out my crazy..."


I found Stephanie Wytovich's prose to be killer: in bringing to mind vivid renderings of women-abused, crazy, strong, wild, beautiful, ugly, willful, sexy and with TEETH. Don't turn your back on these women, especially if you've done them wrong in the past. At the same time, some of these ladies are kind and nurturing, or at least they were... before they were diagnosed with HYSTERIA.


Highly recommended for fans of poetry and dark fiction!


*Thank you to Stephanie M. Wytovich for the free Audible copy of this book, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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