In which Siege has an early contender for her favorite book/poet of the year.
In which Siege returns, dipping her toes back into the waters of literary criticism with a small book of poetry.
I haven’t read a book of poetry in a long time, and this was a perfect way to get back into it. I used to love writing and reading poetry, especially in high school. I was even published once, in our lit mag. This is the type of poetry I have always loved, and I wish Amanda Lovelace had come into my life sooner. This slight and powerful book of poetry is based on Amanda’s life and while simply written, contains such multitudes of feeling that you feel you’ve gone on a journey with her through her whole life by […]
St. Trigger by Aaron Coleman is one of those books you look and think it will be easy. After all, the publisher review says it only has 52 pages. After reading the first few poems I stopped and went back and re-read them. Started in early-late December, I finished on January 1, 2019. I have no idea what I read. Is there beautiful language and images? Oh boy yes! “A dozen monarch butterflies strewn like candy wrappers in the seaweed.” This was one of many images that jumped off the page. Is there abstractness? Yes. Is there a lot about […]
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is a coming of age story written in poetic verse. Xiomara Batista attends Catholic high school and forced by her mom to attend catechism classes. Her mom has a very strict idea of what her daughter should be. Boys are definitely off limits. Thus, she pours all her teenage angst into her prized notebook. Also lots of feelings about her classmate named Aman. It’s only when she joins the poetry club does she begin to find her voice. Unfortunately, she has to lie to her mom about it. Her mom thinks she is at church […]
How do you know you have book burnout? (Yes, it is possible.) You look at two great potential books and ask yourself, “Didn’t I read this before?” And realize, no you did not, but you have read books like them. Fortunately feel good books are out there, but they seem to be saturating the market right now. Maybe they have always been there, and I have been out of the loop, but just seems there are a lot of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” out there. Jennifer Adams took the famous Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “Sonnet 43″ and reimaged it in How […]
Fur, Feather, Fin All of Us Are Kin and Mapping Sam are two science books that are not dull science. While Fur is more traditional science, it is written so it reads as a story. And Sam is a story that has information in it. Mapping Sam was my favorite out of the two. Joyce Hesselberth creates a story of a cat that puts their family to bed then goes out into the night on their nightly adventures. They explore all sorts of areas, climb their tree, make sure that the town looks right from the construction of the new […]
I know I read When the Ghosts Come Ashore. I am just not sure what I read. I mean I know what I read. Jaqcqui Germain is obvious: she explores the issues of race, gender, and violence. She talks about St. Louis and sees it live, laugh, love and bleed. She hits you in the gut and smacks you, too. But same time this is a love story. Germain is not for a one sit reading. You need to read each poem. Chew on it. Digest it. Regurgitate and chew and digest again. And repeat as many times as needed. […]