Novellas etc read

59. Purple Springs: A novel by Nellie L McClung (University of Toronto, 1921, 1992) was a wonderful read. I’ve had it on my shelf for years and we finally read it all aloud. So many great set ups of suspense of what’s going to hit the fan and yet the character Pearl brings out the […]

Chapbooks read

55. for the love of Black girls by Tatiana M.R. Johnson (Indie, 2017) is earlier poems than what we got graced with an audience at Tree Reading Series and these are grrrl power: “grow into everything you have never been told you could be.” It urges thriving despite. “Maybe survival starts in a root deep […]

Books read: haiku and the like

52. Landmarks: A Haibun Collection by Ray Rasmussen (Haibun Bookshelf Publications, 2015) is a tight collection, not surprising I suppose given he has been writing haibun for decades and editing magazines of them. The stories are grounded, alert, amiable and articulate, the haiku striking. Definitely recommend. 53. Stumbling toward happiness: haibun and hybrid poems by […]

Books read: fantasy novels

If you can’t move, from concussion, stress overload, or body cast, these will take take you away, like Calgon. 46. Smoke Bitten: A Mercy Thompson Novel book 12 by Patricia Briggs (Penguin, 2020). I’ve hopped around in the series. They are compelling, but mental potato chips. Feisty female coyote will go toe-to-toe with anyone. 48. […]