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Monday, May 30, 2022

Poetry and Other Distractions...

As previously noted, my friend Beverly and I memorize poems. Her choices are better/ harder/ longer than mine. But that's the way my mushy brain is working these days. Beverly understands and lets me delight over Mary Oliver, stumble over Wordsworth, laugh when Billy Collins makes fun of torturing a confession out of a poem.

This week she chose "The World is Too Much With Us."  And how prescient of my friend to recite that this sad week. 

So, what have I been reading to share on this Monday, Memorial Day?

 I've mostly been reading grownup poetry, but I pulled this one off my shelf and delighted in it all over again.

I'm going to link to THIS because it says so much about the book, and the poet.

Much more than my mushy brain (see above) can articulate this morning.

As always, middle-grade novels continue to (mostly) hold my attention.

This might be one of my favorite book cover images in a while.  (Except the author makes a point that the narrator is slightly overweight, maybe she used the word dumpy. I'm going to overlook that in favor of the notebook paper filled with words.)

It says a lot about the story. True confessions, I haven't finished WORSER but I'm going to make it my number one To Do thing today- finish WORSER. I'm getting close and loving almost every word.

Yesterday I had a conversation with a retired school counselor who believes, not surprisingly to anybody working in education today, that bullying is a huge issue, maybe the issue. I'm going to keep reading this one before I comment more. Bullying, so far, is not the theme, but it is prevalent and the kids in Worser's world are slightly on the fringes, susceptible to all sorts of teasing.


My life is kind of complicated lately, but reading makes me happiest so although I continue to retreat from sharing too much, frequent blogging, posting meaningless trivia, I'll stick to poetry, mysteries, middle-grade novels and puppies.

 Cheers to all the teachers pushing through these days,  holding their students in the light. 


And, on this Memorial Day, bless the families whose soldiers have died fighting for our country.






Linda B said...

Hi Augusta, lovely to see what you've been reading. I have & have loved this one by Naomi Nye & just shared Worser recently. It is quite a story & I hope you'll love how it feels as the story unfolds. Thanks for sharing these & enjoy the day!

Max @ Completely Full Bookshelf said...

I love that you and your friend memorize poems, especially because in a delightful coincidence, I actually just memorized a Mary Oliver poem this weekend, "Rain!" Naomi Shihab Nye's book of poems looks incredible, judging by the post you linked to, and I'm glad you've been enjoying Worser as well. Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Augusta!

Rosi said...

Thanks for the heads up on Rain and Worser. I will check them out. Yes, bullying is such a terrible problem for kids. But books about it do help, giving bullied kids hope and tools. Thanks for the post.