First up, some incredibly sad news. I had already planned my post for Monday or I would have shared that Annie Modesitt lost her battle with cancer last week Thursday. This tribute posted on FB is exactly how I want to remember Annie. Bon voyage, indeed, Annie. May your next journey be as brilliant as you were!
(and then if that was not shitty enough, Eddie Van Halen died yesterday. 2020, you just suck. And true words… greatest rock and roll guitar player ever. This solo was just so damned amazing.)
On the knitting front, I am making my way through the increases in Olivia’s BSJ. It might have been done, but I made a rookie error and increased on the wrong side. I did not catch it until I had almost completed the decreases… so RIIIPPPP! I frogged back to fix the error. (I am 100% blaming this error on Last Tango in Halifax… lol) Anyway, I don’t expect this will take much longer and then I will be back to Sleeve Island and Acorn Production….two very nice ways to spend ones time!
The reading this week has hit a bit of a hurdle. I think when you have read so many excellent books, it can be hard to settle into a new book. That was the case for me this week. I tried several times to get into Girl, Woman, Other but it just was not happening. I returned it to the library and will try again later this year. When that happens, I find a nice palate cleanser is the perfect thing and I had two perfect palate cleansing books!
The Tradition by Jericho Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Jericho Brown is a new to me poet, but a friend’s review of his poetry piqued my curiosity!
The Tradition did not at all disappoint! I listened to the audio version, and it was so good I listened twice! The words sing a poignant song that will not leave you unmoved.
Utter perfection and I highly recommend!
Thrall by Natasha Trethewey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I had recently heard one of Trethewey’s poems on The Writer’s Almanac and it inspired me to read more. This book of poems weaves back and forth between thoughts on her father and poems about artwork. It is magical how she can make you see the artwork with her words. But the poems about her father are simply magnificent.
And that is all I have for this week. I will be back on Monday!
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