Sunday, March 24, 2019

BW13: Constantly Risking Absurdity by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Courtesy of Document Journal 




Happy 100th Birthday to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, beat poet and cofounder of City Lights Book Store in San Francisco. 



Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15)

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Constantly risking absurdity
                                             and death
            whenever he performs
                                        above the heads
                                                            of his audience
   the poet like an acrobat
                                 climbs on rime
                                          to a high wire of his own making
and balancing on eyebeams
                                     above a sea of faces
             paces his way
                               to the other side of day
    performing entrechats
                               and sleight-of-foot tricks
and other high theatrics
                               and all without mistaking
                     any thing
                               for what it may not be

       For he's the super realist
                                     who must perforce perceive
                   taut truth
                                 before the taking of each stance or step
in his supposed advance
                                  toward that still higher perch
where Beauty stands and waits
                                     with gravity
                                                to start her death-defying leap

      And he
             a little charley chaplin man
                                           who may or may not catch
               her fair eternal form
                                     spreadeagled in the empty air
                  of existence

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

BW12: March Equinox




Nature is putting on a spectacular show as we transition into Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Patricia Cisco's poem captures the season.  It's also Autumn in the southern Hemisphere with the season's fall leaves of orange and yellow and red.   I have John Denver's You Fill Up My Senses running through my head so your mission is find titles or stories that resonate with the sights, sounds, and/or smells of the season. 




Song Of March


With winter's footprints in the past,
and snows begin to melt at last.

With longer days and shorter nights, 
the wayward winds of March take flight.

Four winds she holds within her grip,
then hurls them from her fingertip.

Her woolly, fleecy clouds of white,
she sets in skies of blue delight.

Her wild bouts of gusty breezes
roar through valleys, hills, and trees.

That high pitch whistling song she sings
awakens earth and flowering things.

She tears a hole in heaven's sky
so sun can shine and rain can cry.

She gently calms as spring draws near, 
as blooming daffodils appear.

She welcomes April showers in, 
then gathers up her dwindling winds.
Now her long journey home begins,

knowing she'll be back this way, 
upon a cold, late winter's day, 

when nights grow short
and days grow long.

Listen for her whistling song!


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Sunday, March 10, 2019

BW11: 52 Books Bingo - Something Borrowed.

Courtesy of TCEA.org


"May I borrow that when you are finished with it?"

"Why certainly,' she said.

Quite happy to share the joy of another bookish adventure with a like minded bibliophile, she wasn't surprised to find out the book traveled near and far, passed from hand to hand of young and mature minds alike, spurring discussion and differences of opinion across the land.  When finally the book came home to roost,  pages worn and yellowed, she savored and pondered with a much older and wiser eye and discovered a much different story from what she read before. And the conversations started once more.

Our next 52 Books Bingo adventure is Something Borrowed and there are a variety of ways to go with this, including but not limited to:  


  1. Borrow a physical and/or ebook from a family member or friend.
  2. Borrow an ebook from the library or online source.
  3. Read a book written by an author whose name is borrowed or a derivation. 
  4. Read a book with borrowed, trade, swap, or lend  in the title.
  5. Read a book about something that gets borrowed.
  6. Read The Borrowers.
  7. Read a book by one of the most borrowed authors in OverDrive.
  8. Read one of the most borrowed books from TorontoUnited KingdomAustralia, and United States
  9. Choose three letters from borrowed such row, owe, web, bow, doe, wed, dew, etcetera and read a book with the word in the title. 
  10. Choose a synonym for borrow and read a book with the word in the title or find that subject in the book.

Have fun following rabbit trails 



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Sunday, March 3, 2019

BW10: Whodunit Bookology - Chief Inspector Armand Gamache



Our Whodunit Bookology detective for March is Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, created by author Louise Penny

Armand Gamache, introduced with the publication of Still Life in 2005, is in his early 50's and works as a homicide detective for the Sûreté du Québec and at the start of the series resides in Quebec, Canada. In the books we are introduced to his wife Reine-Marie, his dog Henry, and a quirky cast of characters that live in the town of Three Pines. Gamache is warm and witty as well as stern and philosophical, digging beneath the surface, along with his second in command, Inspector Jean Guy Beauvoir, to solve murders.  There are currently 14 books in the series with the latest book in the series, Kingdom of the Blind released in November, 2018. 

There are a number of ways to complete the bookology challenge, including but not limited, to the suggestions below:  


  • Read the first book in the series.
  • Read one book per letter in the character's first or last name.
  • Read one book per letter in the author's first or last name.
  • If you're feeling really ambitious, one book per letter in the character's first and last name.
  • Follow in a character's footsteps and read a book set in the country or time period of the character. 
  • Follow in the author's footsteps and read a book set in their place or time of birth.
  • Read a book with the first or last name of the character or author in the title.


Check out Minotaur books Chief Inspector Gamache website to learn more about  Inspector Gamache, the stories, cultural references, recipes, or join in discussions about the books.  Go to Louise Penny website for news and book club discussion guides.  For more about Louise, dive into Quill and Quires's  Louise Penny's Second Chance or her podcast interview with WCAI. 

Have fun following rabbit trails. 


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