27 July 2016

Because poetry matters


Poem
n.
1. A verbal composition designed to convey experiences, ideas, or emotions in a vivid and imaginative way, characterized by the use of language chosen for its sound and suggestive power and by the use of literary techniques such as meter, metaphor, and rhyme.


Today I want to write a poem.

It's a rather carefree notion to be having on a Thursday when there's a hell of a lot of other things I could/should be doing but it's the kind of mood I'm in. I've got an urge to spend just a small part of my day doing something I wouldn't normally do. Something that involves writing but NOT the kind I'm used to.

Maybe it's the books I've been reading lately. One - The Colour Purple - was filled with the most striking poetic prose and it moved me big time. 

14 July 2016

Begin. Again.


What is the best first page of a novel you've ever read?

Yeah, I know, that's too hard a question...so many brilliant novels getting around and all. Can you straight away think of a really great one though? A first page that knocked your socks off?

I can.

I was looking at books in Myer (where I never buy books because they are sooooo expensive). Sorry Myer:( I really only go there to browse because Myer likes to stock the high-end, hard-cover kind that look great on a bookshelf...those prized copies you don't let friends borrow and never return.

So, anyways, a couple of years back I was there and I picked up this fabulously covered  book by Junot Diaz (amazing writer. Read one or more of his books, STAT!) and it was called This Is How You Lose Her.