National Poetry Month Day 8: “cum shot” by Danez Smith
how long has it been since
his legs stretched towards heaven?
lord, let him be, don’t strike him
for believing he’s you. he’s high
this morning, he called his body
his body & believed it
someone touched his body
did not pirate him away
someone rocked him
so good he danced to the music
of his own bones’ surrender
he was blessed enough to plead mercy
lord. let him wade the dead sea
of another boy’s quick milk
the church burned down
but people have gathered
shouting glory amongst the dust
Mars is still a soft red candle
on night’s thin sheet
it’s a good day to end a war
since that man did what he did
the boy’s been quiet, scarred
by a false god’s cross, but Lord
let ruin end here, let him find honey
where there was once a slaughter
let him enter the lion’s cage
& find a field of lilacs
let this be the healing
& if not, let it be
Danez Smith is the author of “[insert] boy” (YesYes Books, 2014), a finalist the Norma Farber First Book Award, and a second collection to be published by Graywolf Press in 2017. He is a 2014 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow and will begin studies for an MFA at the University of MI-Ann Arbor this fall.
The Alley Award was an American series of comic book fan awards, first presented in 1962 for comics published in 1961. Officially organized under the aegis of the Academy of Comic Book Arts and Sciences, the award shared close ties with the fanzine Alter Ego magazine. The Alley is the first known comic book fan award.
The Alleys were given out from 1962 to 1970 (for comics published 1961–1969, respectively), with comic strip awards added in 1967 (for calendar year 1966). The awards were presented at all three Academy Cons from 1965–1967. The final three years’ awards were presented at Phil Seuling’s New York Comic Art Convention.
1967 Alley Awards Popularity Poll
Best Costumed or Powered Hero - Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
David Walliams is first children’s author to reach 100 weeks at number one
David Walliams has become the first author to spend 100 weeks at the top of the Children’s Book Chart.
The comedian’s record is for 100 non-consecutive weeks, but is a milestone that even children’s literature heavyweights such as JK Rowling, Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson have not achieved.
Britain’s Got Talent judge Walliams has been published by HarperCollins since his first book, the award-winning The Boy In The Dress, was released in 2008, followed by 2009’s Mr Stink.
David Walliams’s books are a hit with children (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)
Gangsta Granny, published in 2011, was the first that he reached number one in the Children’s Book Chart with and every one of his kids’ books since then has hit the top spot, including his two The World’s Worst Children collections of short stories.
Walliams went on to have publishing successes with titles including Awful Auntie, Ratburger, and There’s A Snake In My School, with Grandpa’s Great Escape being named the biggest-selling title of 2016.
Christmas 2016 marked another achievement for Walliams when The Midnight Gang was named the Christmas number one book, the first time a children’s author had triumphed since Rowling’s The Tales Of Beedle The Bard in 2008.
Walliams’s books are illustrated by Quentin Blake (Ian West/PA)
So far in 2017, Walliams has already scored four number ones – with The Midnight Gang, Grandpa’s Great Escape, The World’s Worst Children 2 and Blob, which was top of the charts for World Book Day – and eight of the top 20 best-sellers this year are his.
Walliams said: “I never dreamed of this scale of success.
“Thank you so much to everyone who bought the books and made this happen.
Walliams recently worked with the Duchess of Cornwall on a children’s books project (Chris Jackson/PA)
“It is incredible news but all that really matters is that children are reading and enjoying my books.”
HarperCollins Children’s Books executive publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh said: “Since we published The Boy In The Dress in 2008 his books have captured the imaginations of millions of children and achieved the most extraordinary success with book after book hitting the number one slot.
“To enjoy a number one is a great moment for any author; to enjoy 100 weeks at the top is truly phenomenal and we congratulate David on his landmark achievement.”
Internationally, Walliams has sold 19.3 million copies of his books and been translated into 50 languages.
BOOK REVIEW: Go and read “Patience and Sarah” already.
The picture included in this post is titled The Two Sisters and it’s a watercolor by Mary Ann Willson from 1820s. She was a folk artist who lived with her partner Miss Brundage in the early 19th century in Greene County, NY. Yes, you’ve heard that right. Two women living together, so scandalous ;)
Their story inspired Alma Routsong to write “Patience and Sarah”. She chose to do it under a pen name of Isabel Miller. The self-published book was initially sold on street corners in New York City by the author but later on became somewhat of an underground classic and won the first ever Stonewall Book Award for 1971.
“Patience and Sarah” is a tale of two women set in Connecticut in 1816. They fall in love regardless of social pressure, class differences and prejudice typical of a small village at the time and they decide to head out to New York State to set up their own homestead. The novel traces the development of their relationship as they learn how to communicate, show affection and be intimate with each other.
The girls are simply looking for their own place in the world that is extremely unfriendly, to say the least, to women.
What would you be willing to sacrifice for the chance of happiness? At what point does a desire for personal growth outweigh the sense of duty and obligation towards your family? How do you protect a loved one when they are hurt? What if you feel the urge to rebel against the role you were raised to perform? These are some of the questions Sarah and Patience need to grapple with.
While sweet and sexy at times, the novel also touches on several somber issues such as sexual assault and harassment, financial independence, domestic violence, male gaze and internalized misogyny.
At only 192 pages it is quite a fast read. Totally worth your time. Apparently it’s also been adapted into an opera.
Once you’re done reading and craving for more, consider trying Sarah Waters or “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith next.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this book or any of the issues I’ve mentioned.
The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle awards were announced and several National Book Award Finalist books made the list. The works of John Lahr, Roz Chast, Marilynne Robinson, and Rabih Alameddine were all nominated and Claudia Rankine became the first National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist nominated in two categories: criticism and poetry.
In addition, Phil Klay, who won the National Book Award for his short-story collection Redeployment, will be awarded the John Leonard prize for the best debut book.
Unaware that he wielded the Omnidimensional Cleaver, Gerard Dubois blithely continued chopping zucchini and parallel universes alike. Fortunately for his restaurant’s reputation, only the former ended up in the ratatouille.
Answer: Three girls, two blogs. Maddie and Brooke from @encyclopedia-of-feels and Monica from @readwriterhyme. Here at NGA, we think being called nerdy is a compliment. Nerdy is just another way of saying passionate, and one of many things we are passionate about is books!
What are the 2015 Booklr Choice Awards?
Answer: The first annual book choice awards made by booklrs, for booklrs! We’ve hand selected the hottest books from 2015, separated them by category, and now we’re gonna let you vote for your faves! It’s time booklr’s voice be heard!
When are the 2015 Booklr Choice Awards?
Answer: Voting will be valid from December 5 to 17, the link to the voting will be on a post we make on on the 5th. Winners of each category will be announced early January in a VERY special way!
What are the categories for the awards?
Answer: Categories (which are subject to change) are as follows-
Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation
Favorite Female Character
Favorite Male Character
Favorite Ship (OTP)
So what am I supposed to do now?
Reblog this post! Get the word out! Let people know that this is a thing!