Poetry Friday: A Drinking Song

It’s Poetry Friday!
Every third Friday of the month
I will share snippets of
 poems I love and share my thoughts!
See previous Poetry Friday posts here.

Poetry Friday: A Drinking Song by Yeats | The 1000th Voice BlogToday I’ll actually feature an Irish poet unlike my Wednesday review. Despite being an Irish poet who wrote a drinking poem, it seems appropriate to honor Yeats as we approach Saint Patrick’s day because he was involved in the Celtic Revival, “a movement against the cultural influences of English rule in Ireland during the Victorian period, which sought to promote the spirit of Ireland’s native heritage.” (via)

Yeats’ poem is a succinct description of what many people’s weekends will be at the bar. Stay safe, have fun, and happy Saint Paddy’s day (even the fake Irish)!

Book Review: Love Poems by Pablo Neruda

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by Pablo Neruda

I know. I know. Last week was all about the romance. You wracked your brain for grand romantic ideas, bought overpriced (but beautiful) flowers and gaudy heart jewelry, and now I decide to share a review of a collection of love poems so beautifully written one would only have to read this to their sweethearts by the fire. Did I lay that on thick enough? Well, I’m going to review this collection now because it’s worth sharing, and I do things my way.

All of Neruda’s poems are amazing, and this collection really highlights that. Full of seriously good, sensual imagery and feeling, this collection, mostly written on Capri, inspired the Oscar-wining film Il Postino.

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Each poem was presented in its original Spanish form before its English translation. While my Spanish was a little rusty (OK a lot rusty), the experience of reading Neruda’s words as they were originally written was unparalleled, magical even, which isn’t much of a stretch considering Neruda’s work “form[ed] a critical link between the Surrealist movement of early twentieth-century Spain and the Magical Realism of the latter twentieth-century in South America.” (via) But as romantic and sensual as the verses were, they were also filled with heartbreak as the excerpt above proves. Wouldn’t we all like people who’ve broken up with us that we have stopped loving them or that we have forgotten them, too?

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Writing: 5 out of 5 stars
Topics: 4 out of 5 stars
Impact: 5 out of 5 stars
Total: 4.67 out of 5 stars

Have you read any of Pablo Neruda’s many wonderful poems? Do you have a favorite? Have you read them in less rusty Spanish than I have?

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It’s Monday! What I’m Reading!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.
Check out my previous Monday reading posts here.

Well, it’s been a few weeks since my last Monday reading post, and there’s a very legitimate, if not good, reason for that: I haven’t been reading anything new. While I’ve enjoyed both books, I’ve been slogging through


Both of these books are good. My excuse is that on most days I’ve only had about 15 minutes to read while eating lunch, and then I’ve been too tired at night to read before bed. Now adding in at least three workouts a week, I hope I won’t be too tired to try to get some reading time.

Before I finish Kennedy’s and Henry’s books, I’ll read

Love Poems

The cover of this book is so beautiful. It makes me sad that I’m reading an e-book. I’ll just have to keep an eye on it while I’m thrifting!

I hope to be back a couple times this week: tomorrow with fashion highlights from the Grammy awards, Wednesday with a review of Love Poems and Friday with a musing about working and being a mom!

What are you reading this week? Are you a fan of Neruda? I first read his work in Spanish, but my language skills are rusty, so I’m reading English this time around!

Book Chat: 2.6.2013

Book Chat is a monthly feature when I chat about anything book related:
publishing news, books I’m excited about and more.
Read more  Book Chat posts here.

Responding to Internet Trolls Productively

Author and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America President John Scalzi has found a creative and productive way to respond to trolling on his blog. Every time a troll uses a particular name, Scalzi will donate $5 to some great charities. He’s also had a number of people pledge him more money. Read more about his awesome response on the Guardian.

Love, Poetry & Other Things


February is a good time for me to read some Neruda. I’ll be picking up Pablo Neruda’s 100 Love Sonnets this week. I’m sure it will make some lovely reading leading up to Valentine’s Day next week. I’ll post a review and a discussion of my favorite passages next week.

Well, it’s a brief post. I know, but I wanted to share just a few things. And, before I leave, I’d like to leave you with my favorite passage from one of my favorite poems of all time Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe.


It’s Monday! What I’m Reading!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.
Check out my previous Monday reading posts here.

My week will begin with the last 20-or-so pages of


Obviously social media is huge, but it’s going to be a big part of my new job. I’ll be reading a lot more like this throughout the year.

Later in the week, I’ll be switching back and forth between these two books

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What are you reading this week? Have to read any good books on creativity, social media or poetry?

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Poetry Friday: Snow-Bound By Whittier

Welcome to my newest feature: Poetry Friday! Every third Friday of the month I will share snippets of poems I love and share my thoughts!

The sun that brief December day
Rose cheerless over hills of gray,
And, darkly circled, gave at noon
A sadder light than waning moon.
Slow tracing down the thickening sky
Its mute and ominous prophecy,
A portent seeming less than threat,
It sank from sight before it set.

Read the poem here on the Poetry Foundation’s website.

So begins John Greenleaf Whittier’s 1866 book-length poem Snow-Bound. I thought this poem would be appropriate for December when I’m romanticizing about being shut inside for a day or two during a snowstorm. Of course, the romance quickly diminishes once one has been in closed quarters for too long.

I first read this poem in junior high as one of my quarterly lit projects. Each quarter we were given a choice of books to read, and then we did fun activities and reviews of the books. I always chose the most difficult books; it should come as no surprise that such a long poem was considered the difficult book for that particular quarter. The initial foreboding I experienced at the thought of reading such a long poem was quickly relieved as I began to really get into the saga. For that reason (and that it’s so well written) this poem has been in the back of my mind since reading it.

Have you ever read Snow-Bound or any of Whittier’s other poems? Do you have fond memories of junior high required reading?