The Unread Book Project: Finding the Poetry

After a week of cold and snow and shoveling, my lover and I steal 24 hours for ourselves, and don’t get out of bed until Sunday afternoon. With a kiss on the forehead, he leaves me at 2:00 sitting under a pile of blankets at page 19 of James Agee’s A Death in the Family.… Continue reading The Unread Book Project: Finding the Poetry

*What Silent Words a Stone Speaks

STONE THOUGHTS by Robert Pack I speak cold silent words a stone might speak 
If it had words or consciousness,
 Watching December moonlight on the mountain peak,
 Relieved of mortal hungers, the whole mess
 Of needs, desires, ambitions, wishes, hopes.
 This stillness in me knows the sky’s abyss, 
Reflected by blank snow along bare slopes,… Continue reading *What Silent Words a Stone Speaks

When Words are Abandoned

A few days ago, I was checking out some cool art journaling videos by Leslie over at Comfortable Shoes Studio. I was fascinated, in particular, by one called Art Journal Technique: Sharpie Ghost, in which she demonstrates “how to hide your writing but have it be part of the final image.” Now, I like Leslie—her… Continue reading When Words are Abandoned

The Unread Book Project: Things Fall Apart

From the back cover of my yellowing 1959, 75¢ copy of Things Fall Apart: “First published in England in 1958, Things Fall Apart is Chinua Achebe’s first and most famous novel, a classic of modern African writing. It is the story of a “strong” man whose life is dominated by fear and anger, a powerful… Continue reading The Unread Book Project: Things Fall Apart

The Unread Book Project: It Took 20 Inches of Snow

“Things Fall Apart has lived in my bookshelves since the mid-eighties, when I was a student at the University of Massachusetts, and [Chinua] Achebe was a visiting lecturer.…Today, I have more than 300 books sitting on my bookshelves…” So began The Unread Book Project. “Beginning today, Monday, November 22, 2010,” I wrote, “I will start… Continue reading The Unread Book Project: It Took 20 Inches of Snow