Five Books For People Who Need A Pick-Me-Up

Image Credit: Ella Jardim via Unsplash Everybody needs a Pick-Me-Up, whether it’s a playlist of their favorite songs, a hot beverage, or a delicious thing involving lots of butter and sugar. Here are a few books which have a similar effect. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary-Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows Is…

This Week, I Read Annah Browning: Witch Doctrine

Image credit: Freestocks via Unsplash “I like to roost/in the minds of others,//like a blackbird/in the rafters of//a church,” the speaker says in Annah Browning’s collection of poems, Witch Doctrine says. “…I peer/into their ears and nuzzle//the small bones/of their sadness.” I love the world that these poems inhabit. It’s somewhere in the liminal space…

Tips for Working from Home from a Freelance Writer

Image credit: pardani ardan via Unsplash Technically, I’ve been practicing social distancing for the past two and a half years. I absolutely thrive when I don’t have to go in to work. Being at home is my happy space. Welcome to the wonders of working remotely. It’s a really beautiful thing once you hit your…

This Week, I Read Isabel Sobral Campos: Autobiographical Ecology

Image Credit: Debby Hudson via Unsplash “Notebook/is language peel, summary of misunderstanding in the wastebasket where/crumpled pages sleep,” the speaker says in Isabel Sobral Campos’s chapbook of poems, Autobiographical Ecology. The book has the feel of reading a diary. It’s equal parts confessional and listing of observations, which evoke the chaos of life in the…

This Week, I Read: These Poems Are Not What They Seem

Image Credit: Jay Heike via Unsplash “i wanted to be laura palmer,/ even when i saw her wrapped in plastic,/with blue lips and dead eyes./i wasn’t supposed to want that,/but i did,” the speaker says in Juliette van der Molen’s poem, “I Wanted to be Laura Palmer.” Thirty years ago, when Twin Peaks first aired,…

This Week, I Read Beth Gordon: Particularly Dangerous Situation

Image Credit: Annie Spratt via Unsplash “I cannot/ help you find your way, I can only send you photographs/of my first meal this year, stuffed portobella/ mushrooms peppered and without blood,” the speaker says in Beth Gordon’s collection of poems, Particularly Dangerous Situation. I love how well the title fits the work in this book….

This Week, I Read Mary Kasimor: disrobing iris

Image Credit: Thomas William via Unsplash “you continued dancing for the pleasure of night’s/invisible black silk/with only your hips you showed the mountains/how to dance/in their moon of rock and dust/here in the night/you grow old like a moonstone,” the speaker says in Mary Kasimor’s book of poems, disrobing iris. The poems in this book…