the intimacy of literature

It has been too long! Oh my, I've missed writing on this blog so so much. I've been so busy these past few weeks with schoolwork that I've just not had the time to sit down and write my thoughts on the two wonderful books, 'Three Poems' and 'The Diary of an Ordinary Woman', that… Continue reading the intimacy of literature

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my favourite podcasts

I have already written about my love for podcasts on this blog, subtly sliding them into other posts when discussing running and self care. I don't ever really stop listening to them and am always plugged in when walking to school, jogging and before I go to sleep. They keep me focused, cheer me up,… Continue reading my favourite podcasts

nineteen books I want to read in twenty nineteen

2018 has been the year of reading. I discovered my taste. Beautiful, brilliant books. Heartbreaking poems and shocking novels. Contemporary as well as some pretty ancient literature. I loved it all. I dived into Shakespeare and Milton and the Romantics and my head spun. Modernism became my calling and I absorbed T.S. Eliot and Katherine… Continue reading nineteen books I want to read in twenty nineteen

my thoughts on… the love song of J. Alfred Prufock

'the model poet of our time, the most cited poet and incarnation of literary correctness in the English-speaking world' -Alfred Kazin on T.S. Eliot https://youtu.be/xpRSmMnx1MU This is the outstanding, bewildering poem that introduced me to perplexing world of modernism and the cryptic poems written during the period. It is quite difficult to believe but this… Continue reading my thoughts on… the love song of J. Alfred Prufock

my thoughts on… bloodaxe’s contemporary women poets (1985)

"I am a poet who is a woman, not a woman poet" -Ruth Fainlight I recently discovered the absolute gem of a book that is 'The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Women Poets: Eleven British Writers', edited by the extraordinary Jeni Couzyn, in my school library. It was practically dusty on the shelf in the poetry… Continue reading my thoughts on… bloodaxe’s contemporary women poets (1985)

why I read poetry

When Elizabeth Jennings explained how she felt that 'a deeply held belief is bound to influence all you do', she summarised my feelings towards the wonder of poetry. When I read a poem, it is not simply a collection of words on a page. Instead, I am gaining a glimpse of a new, original perspective… Continue reading why I read poetry

my thoughts on… everything under by daisy johnson

“I'd always understood that the past did not die just because we wanted it to. The past signed to us: clicks and cracks in the night, misspelled words, the jargon of adverts, the bodies that attracted us or did not, the sounds that reminded us of this or that. The past was not a thread… Continue reading my thoughts on… everything under by daisy johnson