Author: Mona B.

A Poet's Life

June 8, 2017 – Ai

  Vice was one of the books I read during my MFA program. All of the poems in this book are gripping. They grab onto you and don’t let go until you reach the end. My kind of poetry!   Day 7: Vice by Ai                    …
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June 7, 2017 – Alice Walker

I was perusing through Haslam’s Book Store one Saturday afternoon, and as is the case, beelined right to the poetry section. First I glance through the new book section for specific titles, then I go to the used books section and take my time to look at every single book. It’s where I often find…
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June 6, 2017 – Louise Glück

I fell in love with this poet with the very first book of hers I read. Such beauty in her words.   Day 5: The Wild Iris by Louise Glück                                 The Doorway   I wanted to stay as I…
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June 5, 2017 – Evie Shockley

I discovered Evie Shockley during my MFA at UT and love her poetry. There is a myriad of subject matter in this book and each piece creates a wonderful surprise! Some of the poems are dedicated to people that clearly had an impact on the author’s life. The poem I chose to share is one…
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June 4, 2017 – Gwendolyn Brooks

I truly love the beautiful wordplay that takes placed in Gwendolyn Brooks poems. Her word choices and how they are put together, creates a lyrical depth to the subject matter that engages me to dig deep into what each poem means, what the story behind it is.   Day 3: Selected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks…
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June 3, 2017 – Margaret Atwood

I am incredibly enamored with mirrors. Not because they provide an often needed validation of beauty or acceptable body image, but because mirrors tell and show so much more. Reflections change all the time.   Day 2: Collected Poems 1965-1975 by Margaret Atwood                        …
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June 2, 2017 – Rainer Maria Rilke

  I am refueling my passion for reading! It’s been a long time since I’ve read as voraciously as I used to. There was a time when I was reading at least a couple of hours every day. I’ve decided to do a 29-day challenge by reading a new poem every day. I know that the more…
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June 1, 2017 – Another Month Come and Gone and I’m Still Here

May was an incredibly rough month for me. So many things occurred and a lot of emotions got stirred up. I will say that I realized how strong I really am. I had some incredibly dark moments and I really have to confess I had a couple of little breakdowns, but in the end, I…
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May 31, 2017 – Emotions Like Tectonic Plates

When the heart is heavy, it feels like the earth is constantly moving underfoot. It becomes difficult to stay in a positive, healthy state of mind, and move forward unencumbered by the pains of empathizing too much. From a young age, I’ve struggled with with being overly empathetic. Though I was not allowed to cry,…
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May 30, 2017 – Don’t Make Fun of My OCD!

So over the past few years, I have been teased by a lot of people making fun of my obsessive compulsive desire to buy art supplies. I have an intimate relationship with Michaels and can’t wait to make it to the new Blick store in Tampa. Yes, I’ve been snickered at, and though it has…
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