Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
by John Koethe
Friday, December 04, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
But he was a quiet child, I was, he was never
one, such a one as would wander
into wilderness alone—untrue, he was
one to play at death as boys will.
I was small when I was small and then
I was no longer. Dolls are delicate. Legs
and arms articulate to sit them
around you and tell them stories, to have them
tell you stories tell him stories make them
up. Dress them. If an end comes
it will come the sky will remain sky
and weather will be simple, simply
where we live during it. Another version
of this world engages these little ones
around us, about our feet, small humans
who have forgotten the future who
splash happily as if weather were a cure
for childhood. We didn't, he didn't, know
better than to sulk heavily as if
I did not watch secretly gathering
clouds, gathering under them
into likely groups—action figures. Us.
It was better when birds did not
gather so forcefully, mournfully back
before ravens and crows had moved
into cities following the pioneer
pigeons—boys walked under groups
would dismally look down, boys and blackbirds
crossing Sunday paths home
back before sparrows would
so cravenly eat from our hands;
children of today know only
small wishes and crooked feet,
articulated legs and artificial voices
to cry Mama or Papa at whim, at the least
tipping of self into horizontal . . . .
They do not see the green sky
we knew then, such empty grandeur:
in silence such insolence, solitude's
reward for being good, which is part
of every eros of childhood. In all parts
of this world there are children
except in the coldest southernmost,
Antarctica as imagined goal, to gather
there his dolls, my wish, his need
for clean weather and snow
articulated weather; is there no
child to sleep on that continent?
No child's dream floated ever above
the white horizon of an ice containment
bends the bodies to its will,
makes a wish. Like birds
the bodies fit in the fist. The still
children play those little games
the birds of the air the lilies
of the field, the insolence of the whole
agon; suicide as self expression
is paradox, as is sex as self. He made
little houses for his dolls to sit
through afternoons to peer
out narrow windows and be
invisible to have things to see.
I have, he has, things to say, he has
he had things. To say he was
a boy belonging to the end
of habitation, health and happiness.
If this doll could sin she would sing
to him I would sing also, to her
it is like forsythia, logical because
the branch wavers and blossoms bloom
while wind does what wind will?
A dance is like this: to console
as to clasp these hands, touch there
in the air away from bodies
and then to angle the arms, turn
the hips and some part submerges
drowned as the doomed self would
like voodoo, dolled up and doomed—
dancing anyway ever. He could sing
and does deliberately, the child, it
follows that anguish is not me,
nor do we suffer who make those cries.
He would drown his dolls slowly
slide into agonized waters
which reflect the intricate lace
of the bridge which trembled above
them, a bridge which fell in the end
vortex shedding and resonant
oscillations, a dance the bridge did
with the air, not the words the wind
is the reason for suffering. A past
is anything's childhood is a reason
flares into mind like burning
burning which might have been
mind, a doll could have one
and could dance like anything.
Copyright © 2002 Bin Ramke
Thursday, November 05, 2009
This is a book that grew on me as I read it. You kind of want to bop Paul on the head but there is also a fascination about how (or if) he will manage to pull himself out of the mess he has made of his life.
Monday, November 02, 2009
by Rae Armantrout
We love our cat
for her self
regard is assiduous
for she sits in the small
patch of sun on our rug
and licks her claws
from all angles
and it is far
to "balanced reporting"
though, of course,
it is also
the very same thing.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Three Halloweens ago I went to my first blogger meet-up. It was a relatively safe start for trying out these events where I would be meeting whole new groups of people. Especially since the friend hosting, gonemild, is a dear friend and someone I have known for years. It was supposed to be a Halloween party but I didn't get past the "and I will be serving my homemade beer" part of the invitation before hitting the RSVP button so I was the only one there without a costume. In spite of that, or maybe because of the beer (which remains my all-time favorite gonemild brew) I had a wonderful time.
That night was so important to me because I ended up meeting people that have become some of my very best friends. In addition to gonemild and his wife, I found Keith, Janet, Spyder, Kanga, XO, Eric, Well Hell Michelle (blog now retired), Average Jane, M Toast (blog now retired) and Krissy. I have met many wonderful people since that party but these are the people who will always hold a special place in my heart for their warm acceptance of me in their lives.
And General Blather, of course!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
In this collection of linked stories, we follow Bogdan from his time as a teenager from Zaire to Sarajevo and on through his adult life in Chicago in this astonishing work that is by turn funny, horrifying and surreal. The first story, set in Zaire, delivers an emotional response that will keep you coming back for more. Aleksander Hemon's use of the English language is playful and dazzling and he gets better and better with each new offering.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Here are just a few books in the field that have received excellent reviews, won awards and are loved by vegetarian friends. More titles that fits your family's unique taste shouldn't be difficult to find since it seems that everyone is coming out with vegetarian cookbooks these days. They shouldn’t be hard to find (I just saw ones from Rachel Ray and Mark Bittman.) Big names in the field include: Mollie Katzen (Moosewood Café), Jeanne Lemlin, Colin Spencer, Rose Elliot and Leah Leneman
**Vegetables Rock!: A Complete Guide for Teenage Vegetarians by Pierson, Stephanie – This one got fabulous reviews and is on the ALA Reluctant Reader Award list.
Okay, So Now You're a Vegetarian: Advice & 100 Recipes from One Teen to Another by Butts, Lauren and Shields, Donna - Another good teen book on the subject
Feeding the Healthy Vegetarian Family by Haedrich, Ken – This one got really good reviews and is a nice basic text.
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (Anniversary) (10TH ed.) by Madison, Deborah – Won a James Beard Award (I have this one at home for you to borrow).
The Moosewood Restaurant Cooks for Health: More Than 200 New Recipes for Delicious and Nutrient-Rich Dishes by Mollie Katzen is a big name in the vegetarian world
Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian by Jaffrey, Madhur - I haven't used this one but her other cookbooks are fabulous!
Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent Dragonwagon - Children's book author and vegetarian
Vegetarian Times Fast and Easy Great Food You Can Make in Minutes by the Editors of Vegetarian Times - Any of the Vegetarian Times cookbooks (and the magazine) are great.
The Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas - Really nice for diverse families who aren't all vegetarians.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Bestselling Author Jim Butcher to Discuss Turn Coat,
The Latest Book in His Dresden Files Series
(Kansas City, Missouri) – Author Jim Butcher discusses Turn Coat, the newest book in The Dresden Files series, on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Turn Coat is the 11th installment in Butcher’s The Dresden Files, a series of fantasy/mystery novels featuring private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden. The stories are told from the point of view of Dresden as he recounts his investigations into supernatural happenings in present-day Chicago.
In Turn Coat, Dresden’s friend Morgan shows up at Harry’s doorstep broken, bleeding, and begging for protection from the Wardens; and Dresden finds himself once again at odds with the White Council.
Butcher’s books will be available for sale, and the author will sign copies purchased during event.
Butcher was born in Independence, Missouri, and continues to make his home there.
Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Half Moon, Small Cloud
Caught out in daylight, a rabbit’s
transparent pallor, the moon
is paired with a cloud of equal weight:
the heavenly congruence startles.
For what is the moon, that it haunts us,
this impudent companion immigrated
from the system’s less fortunate margins,
the realm of dust collected in orbs?
We grow up as children with it, a nursemaid
of a bonneted sort, round-faced and kind,
not burning too close like parents, or too far
to spare even a glance, like movie stars.
No star but in the zodiac of stars,
a stranger there, too big, it begs for love
(the man in it) and yet is diaphanous,
its thereness as mysterious as ours.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?
A copy of the Bible my Grandparents gave me. It still smells like smoke from my house fire but it was the one book I dragged out of that mess determined to salvage.
2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?
Current Read: Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward
Last Read: Little Bee by Chris Cleve
Next Book: Doghead by Morten Ramsland
3. What book did everyone like and you hated?
I love quirky characters so everyone told me I would LOVE Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Really, not-so-much...
4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
I have a huge list of books I want to read on amazon.com and goodreads.com but I don't have anything that I will "make" myself read. Life is too short and there are way too many great books out there. I'm not going to force myself to read something I don't want to.
5. Which book are you saving for “retirement?”
I don't precisely "save" books. I just get new ones I am dying to read and so the poor lonely formerly in-demand unread ones get stored in a to-be-read list or down in my basement.
6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?
I don't usually read the ending first unless I am reading and am ambivalent about a book and trying to decide if I should finish it. Then I might jump around and read several sections to see if picks up.
7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
Not something I usually read but they do serve a purpose so I don't think they are a waste.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Amelia Peabody in the Elizabeth Peters books. I can't think of anything more cool than being a Victorian explorer in Egypt with all of those discoveries left to find.
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)?
Black Beauty and The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I remember reading them over and over again on a road trip to Washington D.C. with my family when I was in 5th or 6th grade.
10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.
Does getting large shipments of books from the publisher every week for the last three years to support my book award reading count as interesting?
11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?
Every book I give to someone (not counting a few lately) has been a book that I put a lot of thought into. I try very hard to give people what they want, not what I want.
12. Which book has been with you to the most places?
No one book. I always travel with new-to-me books that I leave scattered behind me like confetti, just waiting to be found by a new reader.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later?
14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
One of my staff found bacon in a book but I can't say that I have ever found anything that unusual.
15. Used or brand new?
I don't care. As long as they don't smell funny or look too grimy, I don't much care what kind of shape the book is in. It's all about the words, baby!
16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses?
I am keeping Gretchen's answer on this one. "Can't he be both?"
17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid?
There are so many, where to start? Ummm...Dune was pretty darn awful.
19. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
The two people with the closest taste in books to me are Gretchen and my sister and I almost always like what they are reading. Kaite, on the other hand, has very different taste but she has mad librarian readers advisory skillz, so when she is wearing her RA hat I always listen.
Friday, March 13, 2009
On the day Sarah and Little Bee meet, events take place that profoundly affect the lives of each woman. Two years later, when their paths meet again, the course of their lives is once again profoundly changed. At once heartbreaking and tender, their journey explores the immigration system in England, the impact of a global environment and what the lucky and strong owe to those less fortunate.
I love stories that make you ponder your life and really stop and think about what you would do in a similar situation. This is that kind of novel for me.
Friday, March 06, 2009
The program launches with access to the following novels:
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik (we love this book here at Dear Author)
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb (I’ve heard great things about this book)
Settling Accounts: Return Engagement by Harry Turtledove
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt
The books will be made available through Random House’s science fiction/fantasy portal, Suvudu.com (http://www.suvudu.com), as well as on other content services, including Scribd.com and the Stanza ebook reader application for the iPhone.
Says Christine Cabello, Random House Publishing Group Deputy Director of Marketing: “The Suvudu Free First Book promotion provides us with a new digital vehicle to build an author’s fan base and is an ideal way to bring new readers to these series.”
New titles are scheduled to be added to the Suvudu Free First Book Library on a regular basis. Coming soon are Terry Brooks’s Magic Kingdom for Sale—Sold!, Elizabeth Moon’s Trading in Danger, and many more.