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Mona Bethke

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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 […]

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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                     […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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May 29, 2017 – Dear Diary

At the age of 11, I begged my mom for a diary. I wanted to start saving my thoughts, poems, and ideas. My days in the closet had ended about a year before that, so I felt it would be […]

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