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Poetry Friday: The Leaves Are Falling by Ange Mlinko

November 16th, 2018 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Bust Your Knee Caps by Pomplamoose

Here I am saying "The leaves are falling"
- one of those choruses
that vie with interminable verses
to mock hoarders.
Yeah, we get
that a palette of winds
is a pretty thing:
one blurs the anther, another
the river splurging on riprap,
expunging
phosphates,
out of the temperature
differential building
sculptural fogs
that promenade
between shores a glacier
wedged ajar, a fjord.
Whatever gives the river
its seriousness reverses
in the light
of those clouds moving
as if absorbing
their pomp in advance of it —
characters
which untied the painter
and took the sculls again.


- The Leaves Are Falling by Ange Mlinko

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Poetry Friday: Tell by Kristen Tracy

November 9th, 2018 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Declaration by David Cook

My students have problems. They put them
    down on paper, hand them to me and say here,

here is a poem.
Sometimes they don't get
    anything right. Chad's sister bleeds to death

in a villanelle. We find her in the bathroom
    by following a trail of rhymes.

- selected lines from Tell by Kristen Tracy - Read the full poem in Kristen's amazing new poetry collection Half-Hazard.

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Poetry Friday: Red Poppy by Louise Glück

November 2nd, 2018 (05:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Cold Fire by KLOUD

Feelings:
oh, I have those; they
govern me.

Oh my brothers and sisters,
were you like me once, long ago,
before you were human? Did you
permit yourselves
to open once, who would never
open again? Because in truth
I am speaking now
the way you do. I speak
because I am shattered.

- selected lines from Red Poppy by Louise Glück

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Books to Read (Forthcoming Releases)

November 1st, 2018 (07:00 am)
thoughtful

Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Song: Without a Trace theme song

November 2018
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Blackbird issue 2 by Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel
Half-Hazard by Kristen Tracy

December 2018
Blackbird issue 3 by Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel
The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu

Sometime in 2018
Dear Miss Sweetie by Stacey Lee
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

March 2019
The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara

April 2019
The Pandora Room by Christopher Golden

June 2018
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

August 2019
Best Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

Fall 2019
Magic Camper by Courtney Sheinmel and Bianca Turetsky ‏
The Survival List by Courtney Sheinmel

Summer 2019
We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

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Best Books of October 2018

October 31st, 2018 (09:01 am)
cheerful

Current Mood: cheerful
Current Song: Sneakers by ORKID

October: 43 books and scripts read

This month's standout: What If You're Doing It Right? by Robin Brande. This motivational book is a very quick read. Each chapter offers a positive "What if," like "What if you accept people's kindness?" and "What if you simply apologize to yourself and move on?" Brande's latest book encourages readers to believe in themselves, to trust themselves, and to follow their hearts. I really enjoyed it.

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Poetry Friday: maggie and milly and molly and may by e.e. cummings

October 26th, 2018 (05:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Mine by Phoebe Ryan

maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea

- maggie and milly and molly and may by e.e. cummings

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Book Fair for Two D.C. Schools

October 20th, 2018 (11:55 am)
cheerful

Current Mood: cheerful
Current Song: So Rude by ORKID

Reposting from Colleen at Chasing Ray:

We have shifted our annual book fair for Ballou Senior High School over here and added their "feeder" school, Charles Hart Middle School, to the project. Our goal, as always, is to get books onto the shelves of Washington DC school libraries that need them and I hope lots of you are onboard this year to help us make 2018 our best book fair ever.

Like many schools across the country, Ballou and Hart both struggle to find money in the budget for books the students want to read. That is where our annual book fair can make such a difference: the lists are created/approved/designed by the school librarians, Melissa Jackson and Nijma Esad. The students at Ballou also chime in with books they longing to read and what we ultimately end up with are lists for two schools that are wholly unique and 100% suited to their student bodies. [These schools] are located in high poverty areas of our nation's capitol, their student bodies do not have much access to books, and their budgets are stretched thin covering a zillion other things the students need.

How to help: Click the links below to purchase books for each school!

http://tinyurl.com/BookFairBallouHS

https://tinyurl.com/BookFairCharlesHart

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Poetry Friday: October (section I) by Louise Glück

October 19th, 2018 (05:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Cold Fire by KLOUD

Is it winter again, is it cold again,
didn't Frank just slip on the ice,
didn't he heal, weren't the spring seeds planted

didn't the night end,
didn't the melting ice
flood the narrow gutters

wasn't my body
rescued, wasn't it safe

didn't the scar form, invisible
above the injury

terror and cold,
didn't they just end, wasn't the back garden
harrowed and planted-

I remember how the earth felt, red and dense,
in stiff rows, weren't the seeds planted,
didn't vines climb the south wall

I can't hear your voice
for the wind's cries, whistling over the bare ground

I no longer care
what sound it makes

when was I silenced, when did it first seem
pointless to describe that sound

what it sounds like can't change what it is—

didn't the night end, wasn't the earth
safe when it was planted

didn't we plant the seeds,
weren't we necessary to the earth,

the vines, were they harvested?

- October (section I) by Louise Glück

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Poetry Friday: Forget About Me by Pablo Neruda

October 12th, 2018 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Deliverance by Chvrches

Among the things the sea throws up,
let us hunt for the most petrified,
violet claws of crabs,
little skulls of dead fish,
smooth syllables of wood,
small countries of mother-of-pearl;
let us look for what the sea undid
insistently, carelessly,
what it broke up and abandoned,
and left behind for us.

Petals crimped up,
cotton from the tidewash,
useless sea-jewels,
and sweet bones of birds
still in the poise of flight.

The sea washed up its tidewrack,
the air played with the sea-things;
when there was sun, it embraced them,
and time lives close to the sea,
counting and touching what exists.

I know all the algae,
the white eyes of the sand,
the tiny merchandise
of the tides in autumn,
and I walk with the plump pelican,
building its soaking nests,
sponges that worship the wind,
shelves of undersea shadow,
but nothing more moving
than the vestiges of shipwrecks-
the smooth abandoned beams
gnawed by the waves
and disdained by death.

Let us look for secret things
somewhere in the world,
on the blue shore of silence
or where the storm has passed,
rampaging like a train.
There the faint signs are left,
coins of time and water,
debris, celestial ash
and the irreplaceable rapture
of sharing in the labor
of solitude and the sand.

- Forget About Me by Pablo Neruda

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Poetry Friday: Incantation By Czeslaw Milosz

October 5th, 2018 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Unwind by Guy Garvey

Human reason is beautiful and invincible.
No bars, no barbed wire, no pulping of books,
No sentence of banishment can prevail against it.
It establishes the universal ideas in language,
And guides our hand so we write Truth and Justice
With capital letters, lie and oppression with small.
It puts what should be above things as they are,
Is an enemy of despair and a friend of hope.
It does not know Jew from Greek or slave from master,
Giving us the estate of the world to manage.
It saves austere and transparent phrases
From the filthy discord of tortured words.
It says that everything is new under the sun,
Opens the congealed fist of the past.
Beautiful and very young are Philo-Sophia
And poetry, her ally in the service of the good.
As late as yesterday Nature celebrated their birth,
The news was brought to the mountains by a unicorn and an echo.
Their friendship will be glorious, their time has no limit.
Their enemies have delivered themselves to destruction.

- Incantation by Czeslaw Milosz, translated by Czeslaw Milosz and Robert Pinsky

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