Fiction The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah Five Stars I absolutely loved this newest book by Kristin Hannah. I learned more about this era of history–the Dust Bowl and how it affected people during the Great Depression–and would compare its themes to those of The Grapes of Wrath . Hannah […]
Many of Emily Dickinson’s poems focus on nature. Nature is a recurring theme for many poets. Here is one of mine–a haiku–that may be short in length, but has a sweeter story between the lines.
“. . . at her best . . . she writes . . . close to the bone, concentrating the very essence of what she saw and felt in phrases that strike and penetrate like bullets, and with an originality of thought unsurpassed in American poetry.” from Selected Poems and […]
“. . . she lived a life, outwardly uneventful, inwardly dedicated to a ‘letter to the world’ that would express, in poems of absolute truth and of utmost economy, her concepts of life and death, of love and nature, and of what Henry James called ‘the landscape of the soul.’” […]
As I considered the poet I had chosen for this week, I felt trepidation. I know that in part it is because Emily Dickinson has been a cursory poet for me. I have read her work. I have taught her work. But, there are unknowns about Emily Dickinson–that unlike Robert […]
Five Stars It takes a significant amount of time–no matter how succinct–to read 1775 poems. Take this comment as the truth that I am still reading The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. I am not in a rush, but I am on a distinct course of action to finish my […]
After several days of thunderstorms, sunshine streams through my windows. The beams of these inspirational words will light my way today. “The beauty of the earth is but a breath, and a man is but a shadow…” from Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby as quoted in A Charles Dickens Devotional. […]