I can still remember the scrap of forks across my parent’s sky blue plates. How her husband had to cook both a ham and a turkey or I’d refuse to eat. I can picture how… More
Now that the world
has shown you it’s ugly.
Carved scars out
of your innocence. Deemed
you too broken for public consumption.
Head tilted back,
mouth fully open
like you’ll never catch
enough air. Like you’re trying
to swallow the universe.
I was born
during an earthquake
that’s the only way
to explain the wreckage,
I’ve always been
a condemned zone
of something once loved.
Incapable of stability
I seek shelter
in the rubble
of damaged things.
Do not set the alarm
on your house;
it won’t stop
fire from intruding.
Do not hide
in your house
the flames will come,
with your hands raised.
I’m one of those people that compiles books throughout the year in anticipation for summer. Don’t get me wrong, I read year round, but there’s always other obligations that can turn a normally quick read into a month long task.
This year in particular, I may have went a little overboard when gathering books. (My pile is haphazardly leaning against the wall of my bedroom in a stack that amounts to more than forty books). I could blame a lot of things on this: the numerous book sales, the amazon gift cards and the advice that your supposed to read what you want to write. (Well I write pretty much everything, so that amounts to a lot of books). Thankfully, I don’t like classics or that would be a whole other genre to conquer.
While I don’t feel comfortable listing what’s in my pile, as I see that as a form of recommendation, there are quite a few books I’ve read this year that I would recommend. Whether you’re a piler like me or a get as you go kind of person these books should end up on your list at some point:
Room- Emma Donoghue (Fiction)
Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins (Fiction/Thriller)
5th Wave- Rick Yancey (YA Fiction)
Damascus House- Corrina Wycoff (Fiction)
No Matter The Wreckage- Sarah Kay (Poetry)
Chronology of Water- Lidia Yuknavitch (Nonfiction)
For anyone who just reads to read these are all great stories, but for those of you who read to write, and pick apart books like you would those on craft. These stories hold some of the best components of writing I’ve stumbled across this year.
Leave a comment down below and let me know if you’ve read any of these, I’m curious as to what your thoughts were, or let me know some of what’s on your book list. Who knows they just might end up on mine.
A lot of us live our lives in the fast lane, but this person didn’t, I guess you could say they did things a little bit backwards.
in his fluids, the doctor said.
I didn’t know
it had gotten this bad. Two years
of waiting, there’s still no match.
His name is on the transplant list.
They administer medicine.
It’s your liver,
but I never drank, he said.