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Poetry Friday: The Flower Press by Chelsea Woodard

November 30th, 2018 (06:00 am)
curious

Current Mood: curious
Current Song: Like I Did by Leadley

It was the sort of thing given to little girls:
sturdy and small, round edged, wooden and light.
I stalked the pasture's rough and waist-high grass
for worthy specimens: the belle amid the mass,
the star shaming the clouds of slighter,
ordinary blooms. The asters curled

inside my sweat-damp palms, as if in sleep. Crushed
in the parlor's stifling heat, I pried
each shrinking petal back, and turned the screws.
But flowers bear no ugly bruise,
and even now fall from the brittle page, dried
prettily, plucked from memory's hush.

- The Flower Press by Chelsea Woodard

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Best Books of November 2018

November 30th, 2018 (09:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Saint by Verite

November: 7 books and scripts read

This month's standout is Half-Hazard, Kristen Tracy's thought-provoking and evocative poetry debut. Read this snippet from her poem entitled Tell and you'll see what I mean.

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