Month: August 2020

Thoughts

I Was the Jukebox #thesealeychallenge

My day 14 read for #thesealeychallenge was I Was the Jukebox by Sandra Beasley. This book was a gift from my partner Casey. I had never heard of this author or read anything from her, which was nice because most of the books of poetry that I own are ones that I bought myself because …

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Loose Woman #thesealeychallenge

My Day 13 read for #thesealeychallenge was Loose Women by Sandra Cisneros. There are not even words to describe how important this book, and everything written by Sandra Cisneros really, is to me. Her writing came into my life when I was a young, single mother working full-time and going to school full-time, struggling to …

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My Darling from the Lions #thesealeychallenge

My Darling from the Lions by Rachel Long was my Day 9 #thesealeychallenge collection. What a week of poetry it has been, but I think reading this collection at the end of a week that began with Citizen by Claudia Rankine (which I didn’t write about because I think I would need to re-read it …

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Kingdomland #thesealeychallenge

For Day 8 of #thesealeychallenge I read Kingdomland by Rachel Allen. For fear of sounding like the type of person who loves everything she reads, I loved this collection. I guess that is a symptom of only buying books that I think I will like. But still, I really loved this collection. I love when …

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Shine, Darling #thesealeychallenge

My Day 7 read for #thesealeychallenge is Shine, Darling by Ella Frears. The reason I read and write poetry is because of the way it takes small moments or memories and expands them outward to add layers of meaning. This collection does this perfectly. It feels like being in conversation with a friend who is …

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Significant Other #thesealeychallenge

For Day 4 of #thesealeychallenge I read Significant Other by Isabel Galleymore. I am not into nature poems. Descriptions of animals and landscapes and trees and birds don’t do it for me. I get bored of it so fast – like, how many ways are there to describe waves or whatever? On its surface, this …

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The Perseverance #thesealeychallenge

Yes, this is only my third book in this challenge, but I am starting to worry that I don’t have it in me to keep up the pace. So I’m going to try to simplify things a bit in this write-up, and not worry so much about getting it perfect. For Day 3 of #thesealeychallenge …

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Fleche #thesealeychallenge

For day two of #thesealeychallenge I read Fleche by Mary Jean Chan for the second time. My overall impression is that this is a fully formed collection with a clear narrative and chronology. I felt that each word and image was carefully crafted and chosen with purpose to create a feeling of tension bubbling beneath …

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Jane: A Murder #thesealeychallenge

The first book I’ve read for #thesealeychallenge was Jane: a Murder by Maggie Nelson. Nelson writes about her aunt Jane who was murdered before Nelson was born. She looks at the ways this event impacted her and her family. This book isn’t a straightforward book of poetry as it mixes prose, poetry, dreams, journal entries, …