April 6, 2008
3:15 PM UPDATE
I’ve had some wonderful comments on my Salon post today – including some suggestions for poetry. When I went wandering around Google to find information on one of them (Dorothy Parker), I discovered a fabulous poetry site called Representative Poetry Online. There is tons of helpful information including a timeline of poetry in English, links to critical analysis, poem and poet indexes with representative poetry from selected poets, and a section on Canadian poetry.
I’ve read 70 pages into The Sister and am finding it a relaxing and engrossing read. My wood stove is glowing and the cats have chosen to nap near me (although I can’t be 100% sure it isn’t just the warmth of the fire which draws them close).
I’ve spent a little time today looking ahead to my next reads. I pulled out my essays by E.B. White and decided I’ll start reading them a bit at a time over the next few weeks. And I’m anxious to start my most recent early review book: The Cellist of Sarajevo. I’ve been reading some reviews on this one which have sparked my curiosity.
I slept in a bit this morning, read my email over a cup of strong coffee and spent some time connecting with family on the telephone. But now it is time to settle down and read.
April is poetry month, so I thought I’d open today’s Salon post with a poem by my favorite poet: Robert Frost. I own a wonderful little Everyman’s edition of Frost poems…and this one seemed appropriate to the Sunday Salon:
A Time To Talk
When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, What is it?
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.
Reading Frost reminds me of my childhood growing up in the country in New Hampshire. One of my favorite memories was pedaling my bike out to a local farm where I rode the old horses and enjoyed petting the friendly lamb named Sweet Pea. I enjoy poetry that conjures up favorite images. Do you read poetry? Who is your favorite poet?
Earlier this week I also read an essay by Cindy Ozick (read my thoughts here). It reminded me that I really should read more essays. I have a book of essays by EB White which has sat on my shelf for far too long.
I finished reading Embers (read my review) earlier in the week. I loved the moodiness of the piece, although there will be readers who don’t appreciate the ending which is largely left to interpretation.
Then I got back to my stack of early review books and breezed through Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge (read my review). I had never read a book by Strout, and I enjoyed her insight into the characters. This book was set in Maine, which is close to my heart having lived in various coastal villages in Maine for several years of my adult life. I will most certainly be reading more Strout in the future.
Last night I stayed up until midnight to finish The Tenderness of Wolves (read my review). Wow, I really loved this book. It is a brilliant combination of suspense, mystery and literary…and I predict we will see a movie made from this book before too long.
I’m now returning to my early review books. I have had The Sister, by Poppy Adams sitting on my bedside table for a month now. I must admit I’ve been reluctant to pick it up because I’ve only read lukewarm reviews of it. But, this week Michelle at 1 More Chapter indicated she loved the book (read Michelle’s review), and I often agree with Michelle’s impression of books – so now I’m a little more excited to read this one.
Speaking of Michelle, she also started a new blog this week of which I am honored to be a contributor. Novels Now provides reviews of all the newest books being released. And this week there is also a giveaway in honor of Buy A Friend A Book week which you might want to check out.
I’m now off to do some reading. Happy Sunday to all the Saloners – I’ll be making my way around your posts later today!