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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2020 has been quite the year. Thank you for sharing this news — I had no idea.
I love the color of your BSJ – what a fun project!!
I heard Jericho Brown’s On Being interview last Sunday and it was phenomenal. I ordered all three of his books when it ended. I’m glad to hear that The Tradition was so moving.
I’m sorry to hear yet more sad news from 2020, but that smiling picture of Annie is a nice way to remember her. On a slightly happier note, those are two new-to-me poets and I’m anxious to read some of their poetry. Thanks, Kat!
I have actually heard of Natasha Trethewey (I had to research her once for something at work), though I have not read any of her poetry. I’ve been interested in doing so recently as well as in reading her memoir. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed her work!
2020 is really the year that just keeps taking from us, isn’t it? So sad how many beautiful people we’ve lost.
I love the sweet pink yarn you’re using for Olivia’s sweater. It’s so delicate and perfect for a newborn!
Well, 2020 certainly has been (and continues to be) a very sucky year. Two new poets for me too!!
I was gutted by the news of Annie and Eddie. Sometimes I think each week cannot be as challenging as the last and then between life stresses, covid stress and events all ball up! I love the color of the yarn you are working on 🙂
‘Palate cleanser’ is what sticks with me here…Good Lord, that sums it up for me right now. As in Needing one. Thanks for putting a definition to it! Now, when Troy asks me what’s up with my mood this morning, I have an answer. xo
I think poetry is a great palate cleanser, I’m glad you found two good books to transition with.
That BSJ is going to be such a hug … love that color! and love the idea of using poetry as a palate cleanser. I’ve been immersing myself in all kinds of books lately, and it’s been lovely.
i always enjoy reading your pals comments!
LOVE your pink shawl
That is going to be a sweet BSJ. I once heard Thretheway read from Thrall. I can tell you it was a treat. I love that collection of poetry.
I love your yarn colour it is gorgeous. I am sorry to hear that October is not turning into the month that you need.