The grand opening
Goodbye to the Sun is a space opera which will immediately fool you in to believing in its world and its politics. Unlike some stories, it's not flat and only relying on what's on the page before you. It feel as though there is so much more that you can almost see beyond what is … Continue reading Review – Goodbye to the Sun, Jonathan Nevair ★★★★☆
Where to begin? I finished this book several days ago and I feel like I am still dealing with the emotional fallout of it. It would not be an exaggeration to say that this book has changed the way I look at the world. Yanagihara considers the secret lives we hide behind our exteriors, the … Continue reading Review – A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
All Unsaved Changes Will Be Lost She moves the cursor to the upper right corner,searching until she finds the way out,that red cross that will free herand she prepares herself,steadies.The message comes, as she knew it would.‘All unsaved changes will be lost.’She knows it’s a warning(or perhaps a threat?)but within it,hidden under the layers of … Continue reading Poetry #13 – All Unsaved Changes Will Be Lost
The Tormentor’s Delight There’s a darkness below and only a cold expanse aboveand here I stand waitingbut lacking the wings of a dove.I share only my colour with that bird, become a symbol of peacefor a crippling sickness shakes my bodyand my life has been leasedto the cheapest of investors who holds me captive right … Continue reading Poetry #12 – The Tormentor’s Delight
Gardens of Ink There’s a trend of lateThat drives people mad with green fingers.They sow and sit.They cut and clip.They admire and accentuate.Soon their rooms are aflood with plantsAnd their overhanging limbsLie like a trap across the floor. But the author’s brew is quite the contrary.Fingers are stained black by ink,Perhaps red with revisions,And they … Continue reading Poetry #11 – Gardens of Ink
All Things Pass As lockdown lingerswe stop againready to start againand we look forward to the unknownthat we now know so well.Before there wasfear, terror, nervousness.But now?Now there is an electric senseof desperate anticipationand so we waitlost in the complexities of our boredomfor all things pass.
Who Will Take Note? Who notices the quiet wind,The constant wind behind the gust?Who notices that gentle windThat fills the air with fragrant dust? Who notices the lingering light,The light that even the moon provides?Who notices the darkest lightThat ignores our solar-lunar divides? Who notices the taste of air,The taste that is the taste of … Continue reading Poetry #9 – Who Will Take Note?
On the back cover of Piranesi is a short comment by David Mitchell which describes the book as an 'exquisite puzzle-box'. There is no better way to describe this book. It's mysterious and intriguing, something that draws you in and demands your undivided attention until you know the answer. It is beautifully crafted and will … Continue reading Review – Piranesi, Susanna Clarke ★★★★★
Who Is This Storm? Trapped in my room,My head remains confinedBut my eyes and mind,Longing to be free from their bindWander past the windowpaneAnd I watch the continual downpourOn the stone mountains across the fieldAs rain weathers rockRelentlessly reducing royalty to rubbleAs the minutes gently passAnd I watch the continual downpourOn the frostbitten fieldsWhich have … Continue reading Poetry #8 – Who is This Storm?
Recently I wrote an instagram caption for a picture of Robert Frost poetry and I commented on how poetry got me to stop and think, how it challenged me more than a simple story might and writing that, weirdly, got me to stop and think. It made me question why I started writing here in … Continue reading Blog #23 – Why write reviews?