Phenomenal Woman

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…Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me….
Maya Angelou

read the poem in its entirety here

Back in high school, Maya Angelou was the first poet whose work I read that resonated with me. She has long since been a favorite. I read her books I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas and I was just in awe at her writing and storytelling. The words flowed off the pages, captivating and inspiring me. Reading her work I knew she had been through so much and survived to tell her story, that alone is inspirational.

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Hold Fast to Dreams…

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Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Langston Hughes

read more of this poets work here…

This is one of my favorites by Langston Hughes. I feel like it is short yet sweet and to the point.
Enjoy your day 🙂

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She Walks in Beauty…

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She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies….
-Lord Byron

read the poem in full here…

In honor of National Poetry Month I am going to try and post my favorite snippets throughout April.

I like how this one by Byron just flows, almost like a melody.
Enjoy your week!

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Mailbox Monday 4.11.16 Crochet and Books

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Happy Monday everyone (well it is still Sunday night here, but I don’t think I’ll have much time to get on my computer tomorrow). I hope you are all doing well. Monday’s are always better when there are books involved right?

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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source: personal copy
title: The Great Gatsby
author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
published: April 10, 1925
genre: literary fiction/classics
pages: 189
first line: In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
rated: 4 out of 5 stars
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blurb:
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920’s.

my thoughts:
Oh my Gatsby. It is always hard for me to review the classics because I cannot do them justice. The thing with this one is that I both liked and disliked it. I mainly enjoyed it. At just 189 pages, I read Gatsby slowly within the span of a few weeks. I think I will read it again in a year or so, maybe then I will grasp it better.

There is something to be said about a literary work of art that endures the passage time. The Great Gatsby was published in April of 1925 and is still read and enjoyed today.

The story takes place during the summer of 1922, during the Roaring Twenties and is set in a wealthy town in Long Island. It is narrated by Nick Carraway, a Yale grad and now Gatsby’s next-door neighbor.

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