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review 2018-09-09 21:20
Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

This is a book of funny and cute poems for children. It is a great introduction to poems. 

In my classroom I would use this to get students interested in poems. As part of a lesson I would let students write poems using this book as an example. 

Lexile Level: NA

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text 2018-07-28 00:29
I'm Alive

[I haven't been on here because I've not been reading... >/<]


Anyways...just wanted to say hi and share something, sorry I've got nothing book related. [TW: Implied eating disorder mentioned]



I broke up with a toxic relationship. This has put me on the path of a new journey, a magical adventure!

I stopped talking about my health journey (as in my "weight loss" journey) because it got me to an obsessive point with working out, tracking every little detail and trying and failing to change my diet many, many times.

It made my relationship with food worse. I would punish myself when I ate something "bad" by going on a fast, which meant not eating for a day or so. Sometimes I told myself, "okay, I will try to do a 3 day fast, or even a week fast." I seriously wanted to, but I never made it and ended up binge eating something "bad" again and starting the cycle of punishing myself all over again. The fast was seen as a good thing, a cleanse, so to speak.

Not only that but beating myself up constantly while on my so-called journey. I would push myself to go beyond what I know my body could do on certain days because I didn't want to let others down by failing. I think that may be one reason why my chronic pain, depression, and anxiety are at an all-time high. I put too much pressure on my mind, body, and soul.

Goodbye Diet Culture. We're never, ever getting back together. I'm striving to love myself and my body in all its stages. I am working toward not caring one lick what others think of me and my body. I'm working toward being positive, finding peace and tranquillity.

Here are things I want to be routine & practice daily: Meditation, positive affirmations (even if that means talking to myself more), stretching, working up to yoga, remembering gratitude...etc.

As for food, no food is bad, but I honestly know that because of my digestive problems and autoimmune, there are foods I should avoid. However, I won't beat myself up if I eat them. I'm trying to learn to eat intuitively and my body is not liking wheat, too much dairy, and meat. Not only do these things make me really sick/in pain or jump-start IBS, they just make me feel sluggish, heavy and generally unwell.

I usually write dark poetry(which has its purpose), but I will leave you with something positive I wrote yesterday:

Hear Me,
Power of Healing
Let me be free of anxiety


Hear Me,
Power of Healing
Let me be cleansed of dark energy


Hear Me,
Power of Healing
Cleanse my mind and my space


Cleanse, heal, peace
Cleanse, heal, peace
Cleanse, heal, peace



If you read this, you are beautiful, you are worthy, the world needs you and I love you.


Blessed Be!

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text 2018-06-21 13:48
Reading List Alert!
How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry - Duke University,Edward Hirsch

I have been obsessed with reading lists ever since I was a kid. All the Newberry winners on a bookmark? Yes, please. "100 Essential Novels?" Sign me up.


I'm much more critical of reading lists these days, now that I have read more widely and studied literature for so many years. But that's part of the fun. (Don't get me started on PBS's "Great American Read" thing. Seriously. What's going on there? Never mind. Another post. 


I read Edward Hirsch's "How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love With Poetry" recently, in anticipation of seeing him read at the Northwoods Writers Conference in Bemidji, MN. It was last night - he was wonderful - witty, self-depricating, erudite. Wonderful. 


I recommend the whole book unreservedly, but the first essay, "Message in a Bottle," I'm sure will stand as a classic statement about poetry in and of itself. 


Now, to get to the point: The book closes with the 24-page "A Reading List and the Pleasure of the Catalog." Having read this book, and other Hirsch volumes, I know he's both a scholar and an artist. I was afraid, even at my age and stage of self-education, that I'd be out of the conversation.


I am so satisfied to say that yes, I found many books on Hirsch's list that I have read. Thank goodness. I'm "in the conversation," as we used to say in graduate school. Of course, there are hundreds of volumes on Hirsch's list I haven't read - so off to the library! 



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review 2018-03-18 12:46
A Poet's Journey of Love, Loss and Other Experiences...
Songs With Our Eyes Closed - Tyler Kent White

I picked up Songs With Our Eyes Closed on a good feeling and it was a wise choice I have read this well-written collection of poems from Tyler Kent White. As his debut, all of his poems are common themes many modern poets faced today - depression, life, loss, love and resilience. There are some poems I felt connected that I became emotional towards it, and while others I felt are good but not much better. Still, I did enjoy reading them and even though there's nothing exceptional in most of the words we say today, its still a good read. Written poems about life is almost every single poet of what they experience in writing. In brilliance or whether in its common ground that we can identify, Songs With Our Eyes Closed is a good debut read worth picking up.

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text 2017-12-25 14:16
Funny poem for St. Nicholas


Tasks for Sinterklaas / St. Martin’s Day / Krampusnacht: Write a witty or humorous poem to St. Nicholas


Dear ol´ St. Nick,

Do you want me to scratch an itch?

I´ll do anything to get

Everything on my wishlist.


Just head over to Amazon and you will see

Everything I sincerely need

and desperately want

so you can order with ease


It isn´t really all that much

You could do it easily

Just click add to cart 

and have it mailed direct to me.


Amazon is great

You don´t have to worry about tipping

You can even save money 

with Amazon Prime Shipping!


I´ve been good, as I´m sure you know.

I made your favorite cookies 

and even got some whiskey to warm your toes

Just please be careful and watch where your sleigh goes


Tell Rudolph he has to be your DD

But he will get his reward

I made him a batch of reindeer brownies

with enough Viagra to keep him going for a week.

Next year all the Reindeer will be calling him Daddy!



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