This week, feeling inspired by:
Tom Hart’s gorgeous book for his daughter, Rosalie. Read (or order) Chapters 1 and 2 here. Be prepared to be moved. Intensely.
This poem, “Lost in the Forest,” by Amy Gerstler. We discussed it in one of my classes this week. The question came up--is this Red Riding Hood or Gretel? Or some magical combination?
This list of named galaxies, courtesy of Wikipedia (Sombrero Galaxy, anyone?).
This poem, “History of the House Where You Were Born,” by Patricia Lockwood.
Sharon Olds! I saw her read last night at CCAD...it was a beautiful reading (I loved her pieces from Stag’s Leap, especially “What Left” and “Known to Be Left”). She utterly charmed the audience. When she asked the audience for questions, one woman asked a lovely thing....she asked Olds about the endings of her poems, and said that “the endings of her poems hurt [her] heart.” What a sweet and sincere compliment! In response, Olds started with, “You warm my heart.” Talking about poetry can clear away all the small talk, if we let it.
What's inspiring you this week?