This post’s title sounds like I’m gonna get really serious but I’m actually so tired. It’s currently 12am on Thursday/Friday and I’ve been up for almost 20 hours at this point.
I was really trying to have a review ready for this morning but I am just not going to make it. However, I still wanted to make some kind of post because I set out to post every single Friday (which I haven’t missed since starting my blog).
So I thought I’d check in with you all and do a little more of a “talky” post, switch it up a bit from the norm (though I am in a half-tired state so I don’t know how well this talk will turn out). Plus, this gives me a chance to use gifs for the first time on my blog (though I’ll wait for the reveal tomorrow/today to see if they actually work).
PS apparently writing posts on the spot and late at night means I use a lot of brackets!
I’ve read a number of poetry collections lately but they’ve all dealt with different themes. Here’s a really thought-provoking one that certainly inspires strong emotions:
Disinheritance by John Sibley Williams
A lyrical, philosophical, and tender exploration of the various voices of grief, including those of the broken, the healing, the son-become-father, and the dead, Disinheritance acknowledges loss while celebrating the uncertainty of a world in constant revision. From the concrete consequences of each human gesture to soulful interrogations into “this amalgam of real / and fabled light,” these poems inhabit an unsteady betweenness, where ghosts can be more real than the flesh and blood of one’s own hands.
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With a theme like grief, you know to expect some pretty hard-hitting messages and this poet proves he’s more than capable of handling this topic. This collection is really powerful and evocative, and each poem has something important to say. If you’ve had personal experiences with grief as I’m sure many people have, it may be tough reading some of these poems but I think the poet does a really great job in discussing these feelings.
A few of my favourites that really struck a chord were Postpartum, Alight, and Teething. Some weren’t to my taste, especially those that were more disturbing, but I did enjoy reading each one. I especially enjoyed reading the titles of each poem, as many of them had a clear connection to the main theme even from this first “line”, like A Dead Boy Distinguishes Proximal from Distal, Bone River, and Preparations Have Been Made. Obviously the poet has a lot of creativity at his disposal.
If you’re in the mood for an adventurous read, check out today’s spotlight!
Pernicious – The Breakthrough by George Hofmann
Genre: Action / Adventure, Dark Fantasy
On the surface, Brad seemed like an ordinary man… with a steady job, a wife, and a son; his days were never extraordinary or even particularly interesting. Living in a small town with his family, his life was plain and simple. But Brad was far from ordinary, and his life was about to become much more complex.
Late one night, he is approached by a man representing a secret organization, one which Brad was once a part of. The man asks for Brad to help prevent a great catastrophe, one that would mark the end of humanity. A demon apocalypse.
Brad reluctantly agrees and is soon introduced to his new team, two young recruits only a few months removed from their training. Brad leads them against the scourge of demons that threaten to destroy their world. Their mission… to prevent a gate, connecting the two worlds, from opening.
If they fail, they will have to face armies of demons as well as the powerful lords that preside over them. If they fail to stop the gate from opening… the world will be consumed by death and destruction.
Brad and his new team must move quickly to prevent the horrors on the horizon. They will need to grow as a team, and individually, in order to stand against impossible odds. In order to save humanity.
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