ok so I’m going to leave out stuff that’s Too Obvious, which means a lot of this is niche (to me) or contemporary, and… I recently had a canary on twitter about how much ~*~modern~*~ poetry GETS MY GOAT. I’m reading a lot of New poets/collections this year purely because I… didn’t really read that much contemporary stuff before, and I thought I should branch out. (so far I’m dubious.) so, yes – obviously Plath, Blake, Hughes, Sappho, Eliot, Keats, Shelley, etc. etc. ad nauseum, The Greats, yadda yadda, here’s some others.
so far this year I’ve read (and ENJOYED - I’m not reccing the ones I wasn’t into/thought were pants, soz):
Letters From Medea by Salma Deera
Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest (I actually LOVED this)
Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics
War of the Foxes by Richard Siken (of YOU’RE SITTING IN A CAR WITH A BEAUTIFUL BOY, AND HE WON’T TELL YOU THAT HE LOVES YOU, BUT HE LOVES YOU fame)
I’ve also read and loved:
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton
The Curse of the Vampire’s Socks and Other Doggerel by Terry Jones
Love Poems by Carol Ann Duffy
Let Us Compare Mythologies by Leonard Cohen
my personal 10/10 all-time go-tos are:
Crush by Richard Siken (despite appearing on every single tumblr graphic between 2011 and 2013, it still gets me in the heart guts)
The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy (which I have loved wholeheartedly since I was 17 years old)
pretty much any collection of Great War poetry: Up the Line to Death, Men Who March Away, Lads: Love Poetry of the Trenches (the Great War poets are my favourite. like, of all poetry, ever)
my favourite individual poems, as we’re on the subj, are:
No, I'm not kidding about rupi kaur. Nothing she talks about in her book is really groundbreaking. The "I don't need you, I want you" narrative of romantic interaction is played out; her ideas of bodily autonomy, while good, are also stale. We've moved 40 years past the issues she is addressing. Her ideas may be correct, but they're not on the cutting edge of feminism. They cater to a crowd of people who need a watered-down version of feminism in order to interact with these ideas.
I don’t think so. I think there’s still a giant population of women out there who are still in a rut when it comes to these types of relationships. The struggle between body autonomy and feelings for someone is a daily one, so her ideas (at least for so many women) are absolutely not stale, they’re so so relevant. Just because she doesn’t fit into your cookie cutter idea of femininism, doesn’t mean her work is any less credible. She turns her feelings, the issues, and its complexity into an art so many women relate to. I think she does a powerful job, and she definitely spoke to me!
You tell me I am not like most girls and learn to kiss me with your eyes closed, something about the phrase - something about how I have to be unlike the women I call sisters in order to be wanted makes me want to spit your tongue out, like, I am supposed to be proud you picked me, as if I should be relieved you think I am better than them.
does anyone on the SMH team get migraines? What does a bad migraine day look like? (i just got over the actual worst migraine ever still a bit dead but I can look at my screen now)
YES my boy rans gets stress migraines periodically. when he was little it was worse, and sometimes he would stay home from school bc “momma it feels like my brain is screaming.”
bad migraine days for rans look like: hours spent with his blackout curtains drawn, all lights off, head under the covers bc light Hurts. counting down the minutes until he can take another dose of excedrin. 10 mugs full of hot tea with honey and milk. being so bored (bc no tv, no music, no computer) he wants to just go to sleep, but he can’t bc his head hurts so bad. sitting in a bath so hot he can barely stand it until the water goes lukewarm. holster texting “keep it down in the haus today plz ranzy has a migraine” to the groupchat and then curling around him in the bed silently. finally falling asleep and praying that it’s better in the morning. the next
Hey i have a question im not vegan or vegetarian dose that make me a bad person because i eat meat and consume other products like eggs milk and honey? I mean i support the fact that people are vegan and if people dont try to force me to be a vegan or shove the fact they are one in my face then more power to you
Thank you! But vegans don’t need your support, animals need you to stop eating them which is very different. If you were interested in becoming vegan and ending animal suffering you just do that 🤔…at the end, you’re the only one shoving something on your face, and that’s the animals you’re eating!
You are forcing an animal to die for you to eat, but yeah vegans go around forcing people to go vegan by posting about animal cruelty… how awful! 🙄