Atwood-Margaret

When I am lonely for boys it’s their bodies I miss. I study their hands lifting the cigarettes in the darkness of the movie theaters, the slope of a shoulder, the angle of a hip. Looking at them sideways, I examine them in different lights. My love for them is visual: that is the part of them I would like to possess. Don’t move, I think. Stay like that, let me have that.
—  Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye

“I wish I didn’t have to think about you. You wanted to impress me; well, I’m not impressed, I’m disgusted… You wanted to make damn good and sure I’d never be able to turn over in bed again without feeling that body beside me, not there but tangible, like a leg that’s been cut off. Gone but the place still hurts.”
― Margaret Atwood, Life Before Man

Dear God, the pretension of white male literary authors. 

“There is easy reading. And there is literature.”

Are you fucking kidding? So a book can only be good or valuable or interesting if it’s complicated? Stop with your elitist bullshit already.

sinclxre asked:

Where do you suggest one start reading Margaret Atwood? I want to get something for my next inappropriately gigantic book haul. Also, so far I've read Plainwater, If Not, Winter and Autobiography of Red, where next shall I go for Anne Carson?

Let’s book haul together, my friend. I’m going to Edinburgh in a week and I will buy as many Penguin copies of books as I can carry; and if I must die of thirst and hunger in the next month, then SO BE IT.

Anyway, yes. Margaret Atwood, I started with the Blind Assassin and although the book was very good, it wasn’t the one to start with. Definitely go with The Handmaid’s Tale instead. It’s shorter, and it’s a bit different from her other books (dystopia in a parallel future, though she usually goes for something more realistic), but I like to go crescendo in terms of length (meaning, if I start with an author, I find it logical to begin with either his most successful works if I’m not in a patient mood, or with his shorter pieces so I can literally “grow” into him when choosing the second, then the third; Atwood is very propitious to this kind of behaviour.)

(Wait, hum. Am I making sense?)

And my favourite is Alias Grace, if you want to choose that instead. I haven’t read them all though.

For Carson, buy everything.
But also, go with Red Doc>! It’s the sequel to Autobiography of Red and it’s even better read not long after, so you can take in the evolutions and (heart-breaking) differences. Time is very important and very anguishing in this piece.

I’m also loving Grief Lessons and adored Antigonick, if you want to turn to her plays.

(I hope you don’t mind my publishing this, book recs are interesting to other people as well so I tend to post them even when I know the asker.)

HAPPY BUYING.

poetry recs

okay so i’m finally doing this because i have put it off for too long now and it’s literally been weighing on my conscience. i’m modeling it after emma’s rec list, which is amazing, and you should definitely check out. also like i know the line between established and online poets can be kind of blurred but i’m gonna do my best. alright here we go.

ESTABLISHED POETS

INTERNET POETS

POEMS

[He] glowed for me then like a plum in sunlight, richly coloured, perfect in form. I would lie in bed beside him or sit at the kitchen table, running my eyes over him like hands. My adoration was physical, and wordless. I would think, Ah, nothing more. Like a breath breathed out. Or I would think, like a child, Mine. Knowing it wasn’t true.
—  Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye

tournesolcasse asked:

hi love, do you know of any quotes that are somewhat similar to "i have brought galaxies to their knees and you are just a boy, did you think i would mourn you?" quotes that have that sort of vibe?

Here are a few of my favorites!

“He exhausts me and I don’t love him. Only boys I love are allowed to exhaust me.” –Fortesa latifi

“You think I’m not a goddess?Try me.This is a torch song.Touch me and you’ll burn.” –Margaret Atwood

“Remember this when you are queen,” he whispered hoarsely. “I moved the earth and the water for you.” –Catherynne M. Valente

“I do not love men; I love what devours them.” –Andre Gide

“I don’t care. I was there first, always. I’ve always been there, in the mirror, under his skin, in the blood, before you were born.” –Sandra Cisneros

“I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” –Cheryl Strayed

“You think I can’t tame that? I always come home. Always. Ravenous. Loaded. You know better than anybody. I’m bigger than God.” –Jeanann Verlee

“When I am lonely for boys it’s their bodies I miss. I study their hands lifting the cigarettes in the darkness of the movie theaters, the slope of a shoulder, the angle of a hip. Looking at them sideways, I examine them in different lights. My love for them is visual: that is the part of them I would like to possess. Don’t move, I think. Stay like that, let me have that.” –Margaret Atwood

“There is nothing
going on. I took nothing
you wanted. You can’t
have it back.”  ― Daphne Gottlieb