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aaknopf:

A little romance – a sonnet from the pen of poet, translator and editor Jonathan Galassi, whose collection Left-handed is wide-ranging in its forms and feelings.

Shine Riches, a little dollop of your shineis everything I need to make my day:cheek of polished apple, wink of wine,forehead semaphore along my way;or torque of body gilded in the spray,toothy, tonguey, stretched-saliva grin,melon water sliding off a chin,eyelash droplet where a sunbeam plays.Slick of foam that glistens on the rim,coffee cream curl, baby oil spill, oh,and gabardine lap-luster, zipper shimmer,moiré patent-leather afterglow:I hoard it, all the gold that makes you mine(like finger ink spot, gaudy brilliantine).

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wink of wine should definitely be a real unit of measurement, that or wink of whiskey.

aaknopf:

A little romance – a sonnet from the pen of poet, translator and editor Jonathan Galassi, whose collection Left-handed is wide-ranging in its forms and feelings.

Shine
 
Riches, a little dollop of your shine
is everything I need to make my day:
cheek of polished apple, wink of wine,
forehead semaphore along my way;
or torque of body gilded in the spray,
toothy, tonguey, stretched-saliva grin,
melon water sliding off a chin,
eyelash droplet where a sunbeam plays.
Slick of foam that glistens on the rim,
coffee cream curl, baby oil spill, oh,
and gabardine lap-luster, zipper shimmer,
moiré patent-leather afterglow:
I hoard it, all the gold that makes you mine
(like finger ink spot, gaudy brilliantine).

To share the poem-a-day experience with friends, pass along this link » 

wink of wine should definitely be a real unit of measurement, that or wink of whiskey.

bobbyfinger:

I was just thinking about how I’d like to reread The Border Trilogy and, through some related Googling, found this! Aren’t they lovely? They’re lovely. Which reminds me - wouldn’t it be great to see Billy Bob’s original ~4-hour cut of All the Pretty Horses complete with its original score?

I’ve been within the last 50 pages of The Crossing for the entire year (yes that’s nearly 4 whole months). It’s one of those books that I just don’t want to end.

Apr 7

I just got on with reading the Coates and Chait exchanges

Needless to say it has opened my eyes a bit. While I’m sure it’s old news to many of yous, it certainly merits another mention.

Links:

The Secret Lives of Inner-City Black Males by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Barack Obama, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Poverty and Culture by Jonathan Chait

Black Pathology and the Closing of the Progressive Mind by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Barack Obama Vs. The Culture of Poverty by Jonathan Chait

Other People’s Pathologies by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Apr 6
blackballoonpublishing:

harperperennial:

vintageanchorbooks:

Edgar Allan Poe statue slated for October unveiling in Boston.

Poe is SLAYING.

Work it, Poe!

Is this an appropriate time to use “swerve, bitch”? I’ve been meaning to work that into conversations (by which I mean Tumblr posts). 

blackballoonpublishing:

harperperennial:

vintageanchorbooks:

Edgar Allan Poe statue slated for October unveiling in Boston.

Poe is SLAYING.

Work it, Poe!

Is this an appropriate time to use “swerve, bitch”? I’ve been meaning to work that into conversations (by which I mean Tumblr posts). 

(Source: Boston.com)

Apr 4

In fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work.

- Gabriel García Márquez (via theparisreview)

Apr 4
mqup:

It’s a busy spring season. We can definitely relate to this one!

This is an amazing insurance policy. I would also add “bother the puppy/guest blogger”, “lay under covers without sleeping, or moving”, and “general inactivity”. Is that last one okay to put on a to-do list? Hmm.

mqup:

It’s a busy spring season. We can definitely relate to this one!

This is an amazing insurance policy. I would also add “bother the puppy/guest blogger”, “lay under covers without sleeping, or moving”, and “general inactivity”. Is that last one okay to put on a to-do list? Hmm.

(Source: littledallilasbookshelf)

Apr 4

uispeccoll:

What is your favorite book published before 1900?

I’m amazed by how popular Austen, Bronte, Dickens and Wilde are…

Apr 4

bookriot:

So much juicy data in the results of our reader TBR poll!

I have a complex and vastly inefficient system for this. Books that I do not own and would like to read are on my Amazon wishlist as well as BookMooch wish list. Books that I do own but have not read/merit a re-read because I’ve forgotten nearly everything about them are on my GoodReads (and physical shelf, of course). I have various lists on my laptop, phone, and real scraps of paper that I like to call “authors/books I’d like to investigate”, meaning, I don’t know if I want to invest the resources to read a whole book yet, but I would like to encounter some long form or snippet.) To that end I also have a bookmark folder full of such snippets that are supposed to guide me to the correct choice between read and abandon. Sometimes I tell my dog/the guest blogger to keep an eye out for an author or work, but she doesn’t really seem to keep track of it. 

Apr 2
vintageanchorbooks:

“This was what was wonderful, standing alone in the big, soft night rewriting the past to make myself miss what had never been. Now that it was over, I could turn the past into anything I wanted.” ― Susanna Kaysen, Cambridge

I think I’m dangerously guilty of this.

vintageanchorbooks:

“This was what was wonderful, standing alone in the big, soft night rewriting the past to make myself miss what had never been. Now that it was over, I could turn the past into anything I wanted.”
― Susanna Kaysen, Cambridge

I think I’m dangerously guilty of this.

Apr 1

When I speak as a writer I speak with my own voice—quite as unique as my fingerprints—and I take the maximum risk at seeming profound or foolish.

-

John Cheever, interviewed by Annette Grant

The Art of Fiction No. 62, The Paris Review